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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2067

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - I am going to oppose the motion on the grounds that we have a report which has come here-

The PRESIDENT I s the honourable senator opposing the amendment?

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) No , I am going to support the amendment and oppose the motion. There is no reason why we should not sit a bit longer. But I am getting sidetracked. I was about to refer to the report from the Senate Select Committee on Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse. It is exactly a year since this report was presented to Parliament. We have done nothing. If the Government had implanted even one of the suggestions contained in the report I would not have minded. But where is the $5m that was recommended for the treatment of people wbo abuse drugs? We have not done a thing. Yet we are going to close up Parliament. We could not care less about the business. What has happened to the first offender? A very good suggestion was made by this Comtittee that the first offender should be given a bond. Not a thing has been done. Yet we are going to close down as soon as we can because it is the end of the session.

There is no reason why we should not sit on. It is obvious that we are going to go on. There are 17 Bills and we are not going to get through them. There is no reason why we should not sit tomorrow, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and until we finish so that honourable senators who want to talk on this matter can obtain some action. If we are not prepared to do that I would rather support the amendment which has been moved by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy). Obviously this is a piece of trickery which the Government is producing to try to prevent a vote being taken.

Senator Little - A lot of these matters cannot be considered until the end of the year anyway.

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) I am talking now about the debate in relation to poverty. There is no reason why it should not continue. It is obvious that the Government does not want a vote on the matter. That is why it is not prepared to accede to the request of the Leader of the Opposition.

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