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Wednesday, 18 February 1987
Page: 194

Senator ARCHER(5.26) —I would like to support Senator Macklin. I think it would be in order to suggest to the Special Minister of State (Senator Tate) that as he is not the Minister to keep the Government in office-I guess that has been retained by his predecessor-he may give some consideration to establishing a parliamentary committee to consider this overall aspect of what is best for the operation of the Senate. I believe that we could come up with a lot of information and get a much better input if the members and their staffs were able to make a contribution rather than leaving it as a departmental issue, where certainly there is absolutely no input when these decisions come before them.