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Wednesday, 16 May 1973
Page: 2177

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Leader of the House) - This motion to suspend Standing Orders is important in that it has been moved in an endeavour to challenge the integrity of the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam). A significant fact is that such an important motion has been moved by a backbencher and seconded by another backbencher who has just about made his maiden speech in doing so. If this is an important motion, why has not the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) moved it? Why has not the third most important member of the Opposition in the Parliament moved it? Why has not the substantive motion been supported by the Opposition, in accordance with the practice when the honourable member occupying the highest position in land is challenged?

The position is that this motion has been moved by someone with a bias against the Prime Minister in an endeavour to bring into this House a matter that is entirely within the province of those in another place. It is another indication of the lack of unity in the Opposition, of the disarray in which it stands and of the fact that its members run riot without any respect at all for authority. I have been given a list a mile long of honourable members who wish to speak in the debate on the Pipeline Authority Bill.

It is conduct such as this that stops members of the Opposition from speaking on that important measure. In case any honourable member opposite wishes to speak on that measure, 1 mention that at present we are discussing this matter in the time that is to be allocated to the debate on the Pipeline Authority Bill. Never in my life have I seen time wasted so much.

Mr Sinclair - Jackboot democracy again. That is typical of your Administration.

Mr DALY - The Deputy Leader of the Country Party is interjecting. His Party does not even support the motion. If it does, why did not he, on behalf of the Country Party, move or second the motion? It is because everybody knows that there is no support for the motion. The time of this House should not be wasted by honourable members whose leaders have no control over them. Therefore, I formally move:

That the question be now put.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question resolved in the negative.

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