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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2278

Senator WITHERS (Western AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) - I realise that the Government needs these Bills passed today. Of course the Opposition will co-operate to the fullest in an attempt to achieve that target. I have only one slight criticism, without wishing to be abrasive in any way. One would have hoped that the Government would have brought on the Appropriation Bills on Tuesday so that there would have been reasonable opportunity to debate them. But, as we have said before, it is the Government's business to arrange the notice paper as it best suits the Government. There may be some feeling that perhaps the Bills have been brought on only today in an attempt not to allow the fullest examination of them, but be that as it may. We realise that the Bills have to be passed today for certain financial reasons. We will endeavour to cooperate with the Government as we always do.

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