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Monday, 27 October 1997
Page: 8074


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that since changes to the standing orders were adopted on 13 February 1997 consideration of orders of the day relating to government documents under general business has occurred on only six out of a possible ten occasions, and on only two of those occasions has the debate run for a full hour; and

(b)   refers the following matter to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report:

The scheduling of consideration of orders of the day relating to government documents during general business on Thursdays under standing order 57.