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Thursday, 4 December 2003
Page: 23910

Mr ABBOTT (Leader of the House) (9:00 AM) —On indulgence, Mr Speaker, I thought I would update the House on the likely progress of the day. I am advised that the first message from the Senate should be ready at about 9.30 a.m. Messages will bounce between the House and the Senate in the course of the day. In the intervening periods there is some legislation that we might as well deal with, but the current advice is that we cannot expect to be out of here until after lunch, I am afraid. The time of 2.30 p.m. has been mentioned but, as always, we are very much dependent upon what happens in the other place. I would suggest to all of us that, if we want to be out early, we should tell our friends and colleagues of the Senate to keep their speeches short and their divisions few.