Rushed Legislation - 1975

Letter to Sydney Morning Herald (2nd April 1975).

Three Bills were introduced and passed through all stages in both Houses within one week. These three important Bills - the Indecent Articles and Classified Publications Bill, the Noise Control Bill and the Teaching Services (Amendment) Bill - are controversial and complex. Whatever opinion may be held about their merit, there can be no doubt that the public and interested organisations should have been given an opportunity to study the Bills and express a considered opinion upon them. "This opportunity was denied by the Government in its unseemly haste to push the Bills through before adjourning Parliament for 4 1/2 months."