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Tuesday, 13 May 1980
Page: 2144

Senator WALSH (Western Australia) - Of course, the Government has the numbers and will put through these amendments, which I sighted about 45 seconds ago. I do not think I can let this occasion pass without observing the farce that is being played out and the hypocrisy of the Government which, when it suits it, insists that this is a House of review. It circulates three pages of amendments to legislation at absolutely no notice and then it plays out the rest of the farce by mouthing the myth that this is a House of review. The Government is asking the public to believe that this place will give proper consideration to these amendments, which were presented to honourable senators 45 seconds ago. I do not think I can let that piece of hypocrisy pass without commenting on it.

Senator CARRICK(New South WalesMinister for National Development and Energy) (5.47- Firstly, I say without any reflection on anyone that the lack of circulation of the amendments was no defect and no discourtesy on the part of the Government. So some of Senator Walsh's flamboyance of expression was somewhat wasted. If the Opposition desires it, I will defer consideration of this Bill now, at the Committee stage, to allow further consideration of the amendments. The amendments simply give widened borrowing powers to the Pipeline Authority; that is all. It is a matter for the Opposition to decide whether we should adjourn the debate. I am perfectly prepared to adjourn it now without any further flamboyance.

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