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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1610

Mr GILES (Angas) - I shall be even more brief than the Minister for Housing (Mr Les Johnson). 1 congratulate him - 1 think it is well warranted - on having listened carefully to a sensible suggestion put forward from this side of the House. Long may this situation continue. There will be times when we reckon that we have a complete mortgage on wisdom and that the Government has none. 1 expect that we will get angry about that, but there are times, surely, when the resources of Opposition members can produce ideas worthy of consideration by any government.

Dr Jenkins - We have done that for 23 years.

Mr GILES - If the honourable member pushes me into that corner I will not admit it. When he interjected 1 was about to do so. 1 do not think that the democratic process is encouraged by any government of any colour if it refuses to consider properly ideas of merit that come from an Opposition. That is as far as I am prepared to go in view of the comment I received before I was ready for it. If it is the will of the Committee to proceed beyond clause 7 there are one or 2 other comments I am prepared to make, if that is in order.

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