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Wednesday, 12 September 1984
Page: 929


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(6.33) —I must say that it is by pure chance that I came wandering into the Senate chamber and found out that this was happening. Although I indicated that we were very happy for it to be done, there was no indication to me that it was being done now. Certainly, the shadow Attorney-General, Senator Durack, was also not aware of it . We were incidentally just discussing this matter in his office, so I know that he also is not aware of it. There are many slips in this place and I-


Senator Chipp —Nor were we.


Senator CHANEY —From the response of the Minister at the table I assume that he believes some message has been sent to me and that I have not received it. Certainly no one told me that this was coming on.


Senator Harradine —That what was coming on?


Senator CHANEY —That this rescission motion was coming on.


Senator Grimes —I am sorry about that, Senator Chaney, but there were plenty of people on your side who did know, including your Whip, who was in the chamber. You knew too.


Senator CHANEY —It is now being said that I knew. In fact I did not know and no indication was given when Senator Tate made his statement earlier this afternoon , which I welcomed. In view of that fact, I move:

That the debate be now adjourned.

Question resolved in the affirmative.