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Thursday, 21 March 1985
Page: 557

Motion (by Senator Gareth Evans) agreed to:

(1) That, unless otherwise ordered, the order of General Business for consideration this day pursuant to Sessional Order be as follows:

(a) General Business, Order of the Day No. 24, Social Security and Repatriation (Abolition of Assets Test) Bill 1985; and

(b) consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order.

(2) That so much of the Sessional Order be suspended as would prevent the consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order exceeding 1 hour.

Senator Walters-Madam Acting Deputy President, I raise a point of order. Is it usual for the Minister in the chamber not to inform the Opposition shadow Minister if he wishes to depart from normal agreed times and hours in this Senate?

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Haines) —There is no point of order, Senator Walters. I did explain that it required a motion to bring on non-controversial debate. There are a number of matters that had to be dealt with first. I assure you that your turn will come.