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Thursday, 16 May 1985
Page: 2039

Senator RYAN (Minister for Education)(10.48) —I move:

That the debate be adjourned until a later hour this day.

Senator Chipp —Mr Acting Deputy President, I take a point of order. Before we vote on that motion, can the Minister advance any reasons for it so that we can consider the reasons before we vote?

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —It is not a point of order, but the Minister may care to reply.

Senator RYAN —I tend to find myself in agreement with the points put forward in the debate to date. The Trading Hours (Amendment) Ordinance under discussion has not reduced anomalies and has perhaps created more anomalies. I find myself in agreement with the view that if this Ordinance were to be disallowed we would have an opportunity to look at the whole matter afresh, have further consultations with the local community, the trade union movement and so on, and perhaps produce something which better serves the needs of the community than this Ordinance appears to do. I have simply moved for the deferral of the debate at this stage because there are other views not at hand at the moment. Therefore, I am unable to convey them to the Senate.

Senator Chipp —Do you mean the Minister?

Senator RYAN —No, I am seeking to have the matter adjourned until a later hour, but it is up to the Senate to determine whether that will be done.

Question resolved in the affirmative.