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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3135

Mr BRYANT (Wills) - I rise briefly to support the remarks of the honourable member for Holt (Mr Yates). I think it is time the Parliament gave consideration to some method of dealing with matters of general policy and of some moment. I recall that late in my first year as a member of this Parliament, the Parliament reconvened for one day to discuss a ministerial statement on foreign affairs. Today we have been presented with an important document entitled Guidelines for Education Commissions'. I see no reason why the Parliament should not reconvene to engage in general discussions of that nature.

The point which the honourable member for Holt makes is a valid and urgent one. Today's sitting represents the 175th day since the 1977 election. That does not represent all that many days of sitting out of total of about 850 days which have passed since then. Somehow we have to recast the whole structure of Parliament so that we can deal in a more general way with the policies which concern the country. I wish that the people who run this place would sit down and do the arithmetic necessary. Perhaps we will have to hand this matter over to you, Mr Deputy Speaker. Under guidance from this side of the House, we might make some progress.

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