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Friday, 24 August 1984
Page: 348


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(11.24) —Mr President, if I may just intervene; it is my understanding that the passage of the motion for the suspension of the Standing Orders will itself be the authority or constitute the resolution-if passed-which will enable a call to take place forthwith. The motion which I moved stated:

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent a Call of the Senate being made forthwith in connection with the third readings of the Constitution Alteration (Terms of Senators) Bill 1984 and the Constitution Alteration (Interchange of Powers) Bill 1984.

That is the advice I have had from the Clerk. It may be that in order to put the matter beyond doubt a further motion after the suspension of Standing Orders be moved stating 'That the Call of the Senate be held forthwith pursuant to the Standing Orders just suspended'. My advice is that this is not necessary and that the motion will itself be sufficient authority.