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Tuesday, 30 September 1997
Page: 7210


Senator COOK(3.59 p.m.) —by leave—Madam Deputy President, I wish to ask through you a question of Senator Campbell in view of the explanation he gave about ministerial statements. When the ministerial statement on small business is put down it is my intention to seek leave to make a short comment on that statement. In view of the fact that it is being deferred because of what may be happening in the House of Representatives, I wonder whether the government might not indicate to the opposition that they would notify us in advance of the tabling of the statement so we would not be wrong-footed in this matter.