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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1321

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Minister for Services and Property) - The most interesting point arising from this debate is that the Opposition is ashamed of its previous record and ashamed of anything on its records, and in addition to that- (Opposition members interjecting)

Mr SPEAKER - Order! We have tried to keep this debate as much as possible to the reasons why Standing Orders should be suspended or should not be suspended. I ask all honourable members to keep that in mind.

Mr DALY - One of the major reasons, apart from the excellent speech of the Minister for Minerals and Energy (Mr Connor) why Standing Orders should not be suspended is that this is Grievance Day, the day when honourable members opposite demand that private members be given their opportunity to speak. Yet this morning we have seen them bring forward a motion that denies to those who squeal the loudest on the other side of the chamber, a right to say a few words in this House. In addition to that, for the first time in history in a Budget session honourable members can have a Grievance Day. Those who complain the most have taken away that opportunity with a frivolous motion. Could any better reason be given as to why this motion should not be carried?

Mr Jarman - Mr Speaker, I draw your attention to your ruling that the debate should be restricted to the motion. I submit that the Minister is wandering away and just fooling around and that he should come back to this matter of principle because we on this side consider it a matter of great principle.

Mr McLeay - Mr Speaker, my point of order is that I am the first speaker on this side of the House listed to speak in the Grievance Day debate and I am very happy for the debate to go on.

Mr DALY - I have taken note of the honourable member's reason for moving this motion and I will keep well in my mind that he does not want a Grievance Day debate.

Mr Katter - A point of order, Mr Speaker -

Mr SPEAKER - Order! It is a little late. The time for the debate has expired.

Question put:

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

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