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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2038


Senator PETER RAE(9.13) —As I understand it, the Opposition has agreed to the proposal because of the exceptional circumstances which exist as a result of the extended sitting of the Senate to deal with the very large amount of business which is before it and the need for the Joint Committee on Public Works to be able to continue to carry out its important functions. It is an exceptional case and is not to be regarded as being in the nature of the norm or as a precedent for Senate committees meeting while the Senate is sitting in future. It is on that basis, as I understand it, that the proposal has been agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.