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Thursday, 14 September 1972
Page: 838

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) (Attorney-General) - Pursuant to standing order 407b, and following the carriage of the motion moved in accordance with that standing order, I now move:

That the time allotted for the consideration of the Bill be as follows:

(a)   For the second reading of the Bill, until 5.45 p.m.;

(b)   For the Committee stage of the Bill, until 9.30 p.m.; and

(c)   For the remaining stages of the Bill, until 9.45 p.m.

Mr President,this is a motion which may be debated and, as I indicated by way of explanation on a point of order a short time ago, this ought to have absolved the need for some of the things that were said earlier. It is quite apparent that reasonable time is being allowed for the discussion of this measure. There would have been a further half an hour available if the declaration of urgency had been acceded to without the consequent divisions and dissents. To allow the debate on the second reading to go until 5.45 p.m., after there has been approximately a 6-hour debate in the House of Representatives, I think will enable this Senate to canvass any matters which have not been canvassed in the place below. Of course the Senate, having the function of a House of Review, is the appropriate place in which new matters should be aired. Additionally, because I suspect that there will be debate on Senator James McClelland's amendment at the Committee stage, a period until 9.30 p.m. has been allowed for the Committee stage of the Bill.

I still cannot quite believe that the Opposition is opposed to the principle of this Bill. If it is not opposed to the principle of this Bill and if it feels that the debate should be centred on the matters raised by Senator James McClelland's amendment, then there is no reason why the second reading cannot be attended to fairly promptly and so much extra time made available for discussion at the Committee stage of the Bill. The sole point of this motion is to ensure that the Government can secure the passage of this Bill through the Parliament today, and I think that the times which have been allowed will ensure that that is done and will not unduly restrict any honourable senators.

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