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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
Page: 2261

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Leader of the House) - I move:

That the time allotted in connection with this Bill be as follows: For the second reading, until 4 p.m. this day; for the Committee stage, until 8.15 p.m. this day; for the remaining stages, until 8.30 p.m. this day.

The Australian Industry Development Corporation Bill is an urgent measure. It is one which, as Opposition members have stated, has far reaching implications. The Corporation will have far reaching powers. The Opposition has decided that it will oppose both this Bill and the National Investment Fund Bill which are being dealt with as cognate measures. Therefore I assume that the Opposition is against every clause in the Bill before the House. In consequence of that, there is no great purpose in delaying this Bill from being considered in another place. Furthermore, it was introduced into this House on 30 August. There has been ample time in which to debate the measure, apart from the time when the Minister for Overseas Trade (Dr J. F. Cairns) was overseas, but the Opposition was not ready to debate it. Last Monday at the request of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Lynch) this debate was postponed because the Opposition was not ready to proceed with it.

Mr Anthony - That is not right.

Mr DALY - It is not rot. It was listed for debate last Monday but at the request of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition the debate was postponed until another day. Had the Bill come on for debate on Monday ample time would have been available to debate it. Because of the factors I have mentioned and because of other associated matters it is not possible to delay this measure going to another place any longer. I might say that we were prepared to give to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition unlimited time to speak on this Bill, and we were prepared to devote much more time to debating it, but because of the delaying and frustrating tactics adopted, particularly by the Country Party, the consideration of legislation is being interrupted unnecessarily by those who are determined not to hear debate on matters but to frustrate the activities of this Parliament. I simply say to honourable members opposite that when they delay the deliberations and considerations of this Parliament and when they waste time by bringing on matters that are not important, by moving for the suspension of Standing Orders and by other means they must expect to have reduced the time allotted for consideration of other matters.

Let me demonstrate how time has been wasted. Earlier today the Opposition initiated discussion of a matter of public importance, and it could not even maintain a quorum in the House during that debate. It was just wasting time. The honourable member for Gwydir (Mr Hunt), who initiated the debate-

Mr Giles - I rise to a point of order. Should the Minister make those remarks when the Ministry cannot arrive in time for question time each day?

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Dr Jenkins)Thereis no point of order.

Mr Anthony - I rise on a point of order. Is the Minister putting us on notice that he wants a quorum in this House for the rest of today?

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