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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1249

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Health) - I want to explain what is happening in relation to the conduct of the business. There are 3 Bills which, with the cooperation of the Opposition parties, have been given a speedy passage in the other place. They are the Social Services Bill (No. 2) and the Repatriation Bill, and the Seamen's War Pensions and Allowances Bill which is complementary to the other 2 Bills. The message covering the Social Services Bill has arrived, and we are expecting almost immediately the messages for the other two bills. The Government proposes to introduce all three bills. I understand from Senator Willesee - and I am sure Senator Gair would agree - that the Opposition is agreeable to their being proceeded with now and disposed of without the need to take an adjournment of the debate. I understand that this arrangement has been entered into between the Parties. I am sure Senator Gair would agree with that, too, to give a speedy passage to the 3 Bills which provide additional benefits and pensions for the 3 categories of persons. I therefore move:

That other business be postponed until the Social Services Bill (No. 2), Repatriation Bill and Seamen's War Pensions and Allowances Bill have been disposed of.

I have moved this motion on the assumption that messages covering the Repatriation Bill and Seamen's War Pensions and Allowances Bill will arrive. I am fairly confident that they will.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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