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Thursday, 18 October 1973
Page: 2336

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Minister will resume his seat. The honourable member for Griffith will withdraw that remark.

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I withdraw it.


(b)   for the Committee stage until 4.50 p.m. this day; and

(c)   for the remaining stages until 5 p.m. this day. 1 do not desire to intrude upon the time available to honourable members to discuss this measure. But I say quite frankly that circumstances beyond my control have forced me to adopt this course. Some honourable members are aware of those circumstances; it is not my intention to reveal them. But the same reasons apply for making this Bill urgent as applied with the Australian Industry Development Corporation Bill. They are urgent and important measures. They have been before the Parliament for some time. In addition to that, honourable members opposite as well as on this side of the chamber have had adequate time to prepare their course of action. Consequently I feel that because of all the interventions that have been necessary in this week's sittings of the Parliament, plus other unforeseen circumstances, there is no alternative for the Government but to proceed with this measure as an urgent measure. I suggest to honourable members opposite that they do not waste time on idle matters. This will enable us to debate this measure at greater lengths. As I said yesterday, we will use the time available to debate this measure. This is more important than the reasons why it should not be declared an urgent Bill. I suggest that honourable members opposite exercise the same restraint as I have, speak for the minimum amount of time, express their point of view and accept the Bill without division.

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