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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2381


Senator MURPHY (New South Wales) (Leader of the Opposition) - Arising out of the report by Estimates Committee B I desire to move a motion. I am not sure whether I require leave to move the motion. I will indicate the nature of the motion. I will ask for leave to move it, to save creating problems. The motion is:

That the Committee is of the opinion that the matter of Estimates committees meeting in private session should be referred to the Standing Orders Committee for its consideration and report to the Senate prior to the next meetings of the Estimates committees and in. this regard confirms the opinion so expressed by Estimates Committee B in its report.


Senator Wright - Would the honourable senator repeat the last part of the motion?


Senator MURPHY - I am simply suggesting that the report of Estimates Committee B be referred to the Standing Orders Committee.


Senator Wright - What did the honourable senator mean by 'confirms the opinion'?


Senator MURPHY - Simply that the Committee of the Whole confirms the opinion that the matter should be referred to the Standing Orders Committee. Estimates Committee B expressed the opinion that the matter should be referred to the Standing Orders Committee. We are just confirming that opinion, not expressing a particular view as to how matters should be dealt with. J ask for leave to move that motion.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Laucke - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.


Senator MURPHY - I move:

That the Committee is of the opinion that the matter of Estimates committees meeting in private session should be referred to the Standing Orders Committee for its consideration and report to the Senate prior to the next meeting of the Estimates committees and in this regard confirms the opinion so expressed by Estimates Committee B in its report.

The latter part of the motion is really historical to indicate how the matter arose.







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