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Tuesday, 18 September 1973
Page: 1183

Mr LUCOCK (Lyne) - The major reason why I objected to the Bill going to the third reading forthwith was that the Government has said that this is a Bill of vital importance. It brought honourable members back from overseas conferences so that it could have the required majority to put the Bill through this House. Yet it gagged the debate with many members of the Opposition desiring to make speeches on the legislation. Therefore, if this Bill is as important as the Government says it is, and to enable the people to make a decision on a matter that concerns vitally every person in Australia, then I think it is a complete and absolute disgrace that the gag has been moved at this stage with so many Opposition members still desiring to speak upon it. If the people of this Commonwealth are to make a decision on this-

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