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Monday, 29 August 1994
Page: 496

Senator LEES (Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats) (4.32 p.m.) —I certainly did let Senator Campbell know that we wanted a half-hour debate. I presumed at that stage that we would get leave to suspend standing orders. We did not. That was also opposed. Therefore, we had to have a half-hour debate on the motion to suspend standing orders so that we could get to the substantive issue.

Senator Campbell —We spoke for five minutes on that; everyone else spoke for the other 25 minutes.

Senator LEES —That is what I originally explained to Senator Campbell. I presumed that we would all have five minutes to speak on the substantive issue. As it has turned out, we have already had our half-hour debate on the need to suspend standing orders, which we have now agreed to. We now have the substantive debate. If we increase the debating time to two hours, we will be considerably extending the time this chamber has to look at this issue, which has already been extensively debated in the media. Everybody should well and truly know what the issue is. If Senator Campbell so wishes, his colleagues will have a chance to speak on the substantive matter in this debate. Another half an hour should be sufficient.