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Tuesday, 12 October 1971
Page: 2157


Mr JESS (La Trobe) - I do not support the motion for the suspension of Standing Orders. Although we saw the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) at his plausible best and although we saw his courtly court manners in presenting his arguments to you, Mr Speaker, perhaps with some effect, I would have been more impressed as a member supporting the Government if I felt that the Leader of the Opposition was prepared to open for discussion all matters on which he and his Party have propounded policies over the last week. It does appear that the Leader of the Opposition and the honourable member for Hindmarsh (Mr Clyde Cameron) feel that there is some basis for believing that the Australian nation is waiting solely to hear the honourable member for Hindmarsh and the Leader of the Opposition in respect of industrial matters. I think there are other matters that perhaps should also be clarified, and perhaps the Leader of the Opposition if he moves a motion following the suspension of Standing Orders, would be prepared to show his genuine concern by saying that there are other matters. As an instance, on television last night, in respect of immigration policy, another great issue of the Australian Labor Party-


Mr SPEAKER


Mr JESS - A motion could be moved for the suspension of Standing Orders to enable this matter to be discussed too.


Mr SPEAKER - That is true, but in the instance-


Mr JESS - He gets 20 minutes; I get two.


Mr SPEAKER -The suspension of Standing Orders has been moved for a specific purpose. The honourable member still has plenty of time. A motion has been moved for the suspension of Standing Orders to enable the honourable member for Hindmarsh to make a statement on industrial matters, the matter which was being discussed at that time. I do not think the subject matter covers the question of immigration to which the honourable member for La Trobe has referred.


Mr JESS - No, but the point was made by the Leader of the Opposition that members on this side should support this great matter of importance. Then we got into a discourse on industrial relations. I am only trying to make the point that this is not the only instance and if the appeal from the Leader of the Opposition is genuine we should be able to be given clarity on other matters which also vitally affect me as a supporter of this Government and which affect this House as a whole. Therefore I am against the suspension of Standing Orders because I consider that it is nothing but an endeavour to float this particular policy but not other policies, such as the policy on immigration, which could perhaps be more embarrassing to the Labor Party.

Question put:

That the motion (Mr Clyde Cameron's) be agreed to.







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