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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1373

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Berinson - Order! The level of conversation, not to mention interjections, is far too high. I ask honourable members to come to order.

Mr DALY - If the Opposition members continue to waste the time of this Parliament they cannot complain if important debates have to be curtailed. This motion is necessary because the Opposition would not fall into line with the Government's suggestion for a reasonable arrangement. The honourable member for Wannon (Mr Malcolm Fraser) said that the Opposition would have come to some agreement. Of course it would, as long as we let it take till next Wednesday night. As I showed a few minutes ago, the House averaged 5 hours 25 minutes for such debates when the LiberalCountry Party Government was in office, and yet when this Government allows 16 hoursfor debate honourable members opposite say that it is not enough. Already the Opposition has had 6 speakers in a row. Sacrifices have been made on this side to ensure that honourable members opposite could put their case. Now they squeal like pigs when the Government, after the Opposition has not accepted its responsibility, decides that the Bill should go before another place. So I had to move this motion. I remind honourable members that time taken in any discussion on it is coming out of the time allowed for debate.

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