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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2318

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate) - I move:

That the following Bills be considered urgent Bills:

Appropriation Bill (No. 1 ) 1973-74.

Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 1973-74.

Wheat Industry Stabilisation Bill 1973.

Wheat Export Charge Bill 1973.

Senator Wright - I rise to a point of order. I submit that under Standing Orders it is not competent to deal with a plurality of Bills. I submit that it is quite clear from standing order 407b that it is a Bill that may be considered to be an urgent matter, because the standing order states:

That the Bill be considered an urgent Bill.'

It is quoted. It is quite impossible to contrue this standing order as applying to a number of Bills. The subsequent stages of the Bill are to be divided up into the second reading of the Bill, the Committee stage of the Bill and the remaining stages of the Bill. The standing order further states:

.   . and the order with regard to the time allotted to the Committee stage of the Bill may, out of the time allotted, apportion a certain time or times to a particular Clause or Clauses, or to any particular Part or Parts of the Bill.

I submit that it is quite clear, because of the very purpose of a guillotine and the exceptional nature of it, that the only function of standing order 407b is the consideration of any particular Bill to be an urgent Bill. In the days when this procedure was adopted Parliament was presumed to use this as an extraordinary procedure. I submit that for the reasons to which I have briefly referred but which were debated in detail on a previous occasion it is quite clear under this standing order that if Senator Murphy wishes to apply this procedure he is entitled to apply it separately and individually with regard to each Bill and that he is not in order in attempting to apply it to a group of Bills.

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