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Thursday, 6 September 1984
Page: 624


Senator PETER RAE(10.17) —I believe that it would be unfortunate if this matter, to which Senator Macklin has taken objection, were debated in detail in the chamber tonight rather than be sent back to the Standing Orders Committee for reconsideration. I believe that Senator Macklin has made some points which warrant consideration. I support the idea that the proposed amendment to standing order 406 be reconsidered rather than the chamber debating it now. Senator Macklin has moved, in effect, that the recommendation in relation to the proposed amendment to standing order 406 be referred back to the Standing Orders Committee for reconsideration. A further recommendation can then come forward. I believe that it is unwise to try to draft standing orders in the Committee of the Whole. It is rather better to take the view around the chamber, send the matter back, and come up with something which may accommodate the general view. I therefore support the proposal.