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Thursday, 26 February 1987
Page: 685


Senator PETER BAUME(12.48) —Mr Deputy President, the Manager of Government Business in the Senate (Senator Gareth Evans) has been very reasonable in giving his explanation. However, I would observe that questions relating to sessional orders or standing orders are matters on which there is no party whip; that they are in the hands of honourable senators themselves. There may have been discussion-the honourable senator says that there has been-with other parties and I do not question that. I would like simply to say to him that I do not intend to suggest opposition to the motion, but intend to take it back to my colleagues to see whether they are happy with one that would come up regularly each week. It would be possible, for example-I take a worst case scenario-for someone who wished to stop this debate from occurring simply to move that a matter be adjourned, or to move some procedural motion that may require a division that would have the effect of requiring that the proceeding be lifted. I intend to support Senator Gareth Evans today but take the matter back to my colleagues and indicate to him that there may be a need for further negotiation later. What he is suggesting is obviously reasonable. I just need to look at it in case it contains any hidden hooks.

Question resolved in the affirmative.