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Thursday, 8 September 1983
Page: 541

Mr PEACOCK (Leader of the Opposition)(10.09) —I move:

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the honourable member for Calare moving his motion forthwith.

This is not a political ploy to try to get the honourable member for Calare (Mr Simmons) to debate the issue now. His motion, which deals with the Baha'is, is one which the Opposition would warmly support. There has been much debate over past years initiated from both sides of the House about this matter. We would support the honourable member for Calare in his motion. If he wishes me to speak to it I will be happy to do so. If he wishes me simply to give support to his motion I will do so without debate, because I think it is an issue that both sides of the House would support.

Mr Lionel Bowen —We would agree to that.

Mr SPEAKER —Is the motion seconded?

Mr Hodgman —I second the motion.

Mr SPEAKER —The motion should be submitted in writing and signed.

Question resolved in the affirmative.