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Wednesday, 13 June 1984
Page: 2922


Senator BUTTON (Leader of the Government in the Senate) —by leave-I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

(1) That, unless otherwise ordered- (a) the Senate meet on Friday, 15 June 1984 , as follows: 9 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.; and

(b) the Sessional Order relating to the adjournment of the Senate have effect at 10.30 p.m. on that day.

(2) That, unless otherwise ordered- (a) the Senate meet on Monday, 18 June 1984 as follows: 10 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.

2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.; and

(b) notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and unless otherwise ordered, the Senate on that day shall proceed with its ordinary business in the following routine:

(1) Petitions

(2) Notices of Motion

(3) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

(4) Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

(5) Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa , as set down on the Notice Paper

(6) At 2 p.m., Questions

(7) Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

(8) Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

(9) Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

(c) the Sessional Order relating to the adjournment of the Senate have effect at 10.30 p.m. on that day.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.


Senator BUTTON —I believe that there would be a reasonable degree of unanimity of purpose amongst honourable senators in regard to the desire to finish this sitting at some time or another. When that time is will be very dependent on discussions which have to take place and the progress that can be made with the legislative program which the Government has to get through. I gave this notice in order that honourable senators might concentrate on the most desirable sitting pattern that can be followed by the Senate during the next two weeks and so that the matter can be discussed because in the last week or two in the Senate we have tried to reach some agreement on these matters. The notice of motion expresses the Government's intentions in relation to this matter.