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Tuesday, 2 December 1986
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Senator SANDERS(10.13) —in reply-The reason I brought the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Bill up at this time is that it should have been debated in cognate form with the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty Bill because the amendments which I am going to move are part of that Bill. This was a mechanism to bring this Bill up. The Liberal Party of Australia-the Opposition in general-refused to give us permission for a cognate debate, which would have been the logical way to do this. They dragged their feet as usual. That is why I have had to adopt this form. The reason I am taking this step at the moment is that already some of the people on the Labor Party side have said that passing my amendment, which would ban the shipment of uranium to France, would somehow delay the passage of this Bill. It might have to go back to the House of Representatives, but I am setting up the mechanism here so that my Bill, the Customs Amendment (Prohibition of the Exportation of Uranium to France) Bill, can be heard immediately after the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty Bill. The machinery will be in place so that those on the Labor Government side who find it difficult to vote for my amendment because of potential delays will not have that argument.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Sanders's) be agreed to.