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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 3632

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Scholes (CORIO, VICTORIA) - Order!

Mr Daly - You have never accepted an amendment in your life.

Mr WENTWORTH - Mr Chairman,will you call the Leader of the House to order?

Mr Daly - Your own mob will not support you.

Mr WENTWORTH - My Party has not had an opportunity to consider the matter. It occurred to me only a few moments ago when I was reading the Bill and looking at the draft. Of course I should have thought of the amendment before, but nobody else thought of it before. Perhaps I am a little slow witted but I am not as slow witted as the Government is. I agree that my Party has not had an opportunity to consider it and therefore as an official Opposition, as the right honourable member for Lowe so rightly said, it would not have a chance of really supporting the amendment, as a Party. The Government which has been looking at this matter for a long time has all these constitutional aspects in mind. Surely it can make up its mind on this. If it makes up its mind against it I am afraid that honourable members will have to read the most sinister implications into its decision. If the

Government has made up its mind against it that reveals that there is something sinister.

By the time it comes to the Senate my Party will have had the opportunity to look at it. By that time I believe that some of the doubts that remain in the mind of the right honourable member for Lowe will have been dispelled. Perhaps it will be possible to explain the matter at greater length. I am quite happy to accept the words 'and any Territory'. I am as flexible as can be in these things - I am always big hearted - but if the Government does not want it done in this House now perhaps the Senate might have another look at it.

Motion (by Mr Daly) agreed to:

That the question be now put.

Amendment negatived.

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