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Thursday, 10 May 1984
Page: 1982

Senator CHIPP (Leader of the Australian Democrats) —by leave-I will not break the harmony of the day, but I do want to make a brief point. I do not know whether it is the Government's fault, but the Government will realise that it was given leave by the Opposition, the Australian Democrats and by Senator Harradine in the last hour or two to bring in at this late stage on this Thursday afternoon statements on four extraordinarily important matters: Immigration, the strategic basis paper, education and the National Crime Authority. Really it is just not good enough to ask the Opposition, the Australian Democrats and Senator Harradine at this stage of the game to make a concerted, cohesive, sensible and sensitive approach to these extraordinarily important matters. I do not know whether it could have been avoided, but I just want to raise the Australian Democrats' objection to it.