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Thursday, 18 October 1973
Page: 2338

Mr ARMITAGE (Chifley) - Have honourable members ever heard such hypocrisy (Opposition members interjecting) -

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I am willing to listen to the honourable member if nobody else is. I call the honourable member for Chifley.

Mr ARMITAGE - That must have been a good lunch. Have honourable members ever heard such hypocrisy from an Opposition which was a government until 2 December last and which in one single day guillotined through this House 17 Bills? One Minister had only 2 minutes to speak to his own Bill. He did not even have time to read the title. Of course, this was shortly after the right honourable member for Lowe {Mr McMahon) became Prime Minister. He was so nervous that he did not know how to handle things. So he thought the easiest way to get out of the situation was to guillotine 17 Bills, to gag another 3 - 20 Bills in all - and to put them straight through the Parliament so that he could get down to his place at Double Bay, or wherever it was.

What the honourable member for Moreton (Mr Killen) said was utter and complete hypocrisy. In speaking on a national issue, he dealt purely with personalities. Up to this point of time I had a lot of respect for him. I thought he was a good bloke. But, on a very important piece of legislation, the National Investment Fund Bill, which involves a national issue, he could deal only with personalities. All he could do was call the Leader of the House (Mr Daly) names. All he could do was call the Minister for Overseas Trade (Dr J. F. Cairns) names. I think it is time we got on with the job. Like it or not, the Opposition does not have the numbers. The second reading stage of this Bill is scheduled to conclude at 3.50 p.m. The Opposition has 8 minutes in which to deal with it. It is time the Opposition stopped talking on this motion and got on to dealing with national issues.

Mr Erwin - I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. The honourable member for Chifley was completely incorrect in what he said. He said that 17 Bills were guillotined through this House. In fact, the number of Bills was 19 and they were not guillotined through this House. The then Opposition went to sleep. The Bills were not guillotined through this House; they were put through in the normal and proper way.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The time allowed for the debate has expired. The question is: That the motion be agreed to'.

Question put -

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