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Wednesday, 3 December 1986
Page: 3276

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Before I call on the first paper I wish to clarify one matter. The Senate will remember that earlier this week a contingent notice of motion was moved to suspend part of the sessional order on consideration of Government Papers so as to permit a motion to be moved to vary the order in which papers are considered. It is not clear from the terms of the sessional order whether the debate on such motions is part of the 30 minutes allotted under sessional order for the consideration of Government Papers. I have raised this problem with the President and he is taking the appropriate action to have the present wording of the sessional order reviewed.