Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Thursday, 6 March 2003
Page: 9354


Senator MACKAY (9:42 AM) —by leave—To clarify what happened at the joint whips meeting last night, Senator Ellison is correct in saying that we were advised that this was likely to be withdrawn. However, it seems that procedurally—and I think it was broadly indicated by the opposition that there were discussions occurring with respect to this matter with the minor parties, in particular the Greens and the Democrats, which had not reached a conclusion at that point—the Labor Party has decided to progress this by way of an amendment to Senator Brown's motion, so I think faith has been kept in that respect. I also indicate that, as far as the opposition is concerned, a lot of this has only come on fairly recently in procedural terms. So I would like to apologise to the Senate and make that clear.