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Monday, 17 August 2009
Page: 7938

Mr ALBANESE (Leader of the House) (12:21 PM) —Just in closing the debate, I note the comments of the Manager of Opposition Business, and that will be given consideration by the government. It may well be that we can get the debate concluded this evening. I think that would be difficult, however, if we are going to interrupt the debate for a number of hours with private members’ business. Certainly it is the government’s priority to get this legislation through. If the opposition were prepared to agree to the deferment of private members’ business that would make it much more feasible, given the number of speakers listed. What we will do is to engage in further debate with the opposition. It is certainly not the government’s view that we would defer private members’ business by a majority vote—that would be by agreement—so we will enter into further discussions. I commend the current recommendation to the House.

Question agreed to.