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Wednesday, 26 September 1973
Page: 1539

Mr SINCLAIR (New England) - This motion is of such significance that I think it is deplorable that the Labor Party will stop the debate one minute after I have risen to my feet. This motion attacks the very fundamentals of our society. It denies the rights of the small men of this community the opportunity to earn a wage which might be reasonably negotiated according to the provisions of the present Constitution. It denies members of this Parliament the opportunity to debate the issue. It is designed not to contain inflation but to pass to the Labor Party powers of arbitrary direction over the economy of Australia. No longer is there to be in the hands of the Government of this country a rationale which relates to a commonsense approach to the 'business management of Australia. There is to be no referendum on incomes and prices but one on income.


Mr SINCLAIR - We have no right to speak in the Parliament at all.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member will resume his seat when the Speaker is on his feet addressing the chamber.

Mr SINCLAIR - We have no right to speak in the Parliament at all.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I warn the honourable member. The time allotted for the second reading debate has expired.

Question put:

That the Bill be now read * second time.

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