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Monday, 14 August 2000
Page: 16217

Senator BROWN (3:45 PM) —I support Senator Stott Despoja in moving for a debate on this. She is obviously in control of this motion. We obviously have been aware of this motion since she gave notice on 29 June. It is not the substance of the motion that is being debated here; it is the substitution of the motion by a Labor Party one brought in today. That is the real matter here. I would have thought this was the grand opportunity for the Labor Party to say why the motion that they have brought forward is superior to the one that the Democrats' spokesperson has had before the chamber now for a couple of months. I think that matter ought to go to a debate, but quite clearly it will not because Senator Stott Despoja and I do not have the numbers here. However, I think that would have been the best way for this to proceed. It is a bit difficult to know exactly what is going on here because the Labor Party motion is not available to us yet. Having heard it read out, we are still having a debate without having it in written form. So be it.

Question resolved in the negative.