Having changed the order of business without informing the opposition, who were told last night what the order was to be, until 11.30 this morning, the minister talks about facilitating orderly procedure. The minister says that discussion of the further supplementary estimates bogged down. There were hundreds of millions of dollars involved, but discussion bogged down because the government saw fit to introduce legislation which was of no great urgency at all one item of which could not be effective during this parliament. So our discussion of the supplementary estimates was stopped though we should have tried our best to get them through before the end of the financial year. We stopped discussion of the supplementary estimates before the end of the year.
However, when we were discussing these estimates last we were discussing item 729. That item was not adjourned and when we are coming back to supplementary estimates surely that is the item we should begin with. We know perfectly well why the government do not want to discuss item 729. They are afraid to discuss this whole question of General McNaughton-