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Wednesday, 5 October 1983
Page: 1383


Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Leader of the House)(5.23) —Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek your indulgence. I have not had a chance to talk to my colleague opposite , the right honourable member for New England (Mr Sinclair), but the next matter we are dealing with relates to the public duty and private interests of members of parliament, which is notice No. 7 on the Daily Program. I now notice with some surprise that both the Government and the Opposition have a number of honourable members listed to speak. I think they number over 20; so it looks as though we will have a very late evening. I seek leave to move a motion which would allow the staff to have a dinner break between 6.30 and 8 p.m. Apparently that requires me to seek leave to move a motion to suspend Standing Order 48A, relating to the adjournment of the House, as amended by sessional order for this sitting.

Leave granted.

Motion (by Mr Lionel Bowen) agreed to:

That Standing Order 48A, as amended by the sessional order of 24 August 1983, relating to the adjournment of the House, be suspended for this sitting.