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Wednesday, 17 October 1984
Page: 1902

Debate resumed from 9 October, on motion by Senator Gareth Evans:

That the Bills be now read a first time.

Senator Scott-Mr President, I understand that we are discussing only the wheat marketing Bills at this stage. Is that the position?


The PRESIDENT —As I understand it the whole six wheat Bills were taken together.

Senator Scott-But about 20 Bills are listed on the Order of Business sheet as cognate Bills, all of them primary industry Bills. I wondered whether the Government has decided to break them up.


The PRESIDENT —As I understand it this is a first reading debate. It was agreed that the six wheat Bills would be taken together but the others are of a second reading nature. If it is the wish of the Senate that they all be taken together, I suggest that you seek leave to debate the lot of them together.

Senator Chaney-Mr President, could I make some comments. As I understand it, the Government wishes to debate some 20 rural Bills in the one batch. That is not something that has been sought by the Opposition but it has considered the situation. Given the fact that the Government has called an election we will not seek the three or four debates that one could sensibly produce by dividing up these Bills. I would like some clear indication from the Government that it is the Government's wish that these 20 Bills be dealt with together because in a sense I think that is not the best way for us to deal with such a wide range of legislation. As I say, we thought we would go along with the situation. This has always been shown in the Government's program as a 20 Bill group, but essentially our agreement was based on the exigencies of the unnecessary early election. If the Government does not want to have a cognate debate I think we should be told that. If it does want a cognate debate that should come clearly from the Government side of the chamber.

Senator Grimes-I am sorry it was not clear to the Opposition that we wished to debate all 20 Bills in a cognate debate. I thought that was the arrangement with the Opposition Whips. I therefore suggest that that would be the sensible thing to do.


The PRESIDENT —Is leave granted for all the Bills to be debated cognately? There being no objection, I will allow that course to be followed.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a first time.

[COGNATE BILLS:

DRIED VINE FRUITS EQUALISATION AMENDMENT BILL 1984

CANNED FRUITS MARKETING AMENDMENT BILL 1984

CANNED FRUITS LEVY AMENDMENT BILL 1984

CANNED FRUITS LEVY COLLECTION AMENDMENT BILL 1984 (No. 2)

FISHERIES LICENCES LEVY BILL 1984

FISHING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (No. 2) 1984

MEAT EXPORT CHARGE BILL 1984

MEAT EXPORT CHARGE COLLECTION BILL 1984

DAIRY PRODUCTS (EXPORT INSPECTION CHARGE) AMENDMENT BILL 1984

DAIRY PRODUCTS (EXPORT INSPECTION CHARGE) COLLECTION AMENDMENT BILL 1984

EGGS (EXPORT INSPECTION CHARGE) AMENDMENT BILL 1984

EGGS (EXPORT INSPECTION CHARGE) COLLECTION AMENDMENT BILL 1984

EGG EXPORT LEGISLATION REPEAL BILL 1984

LIVE-STOCK SLAUGHTER (EXPORT INSPECTION CHARGE) VALIDATION BILL 1983]