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Wednesday, 25 March 1987
Page: 1269


Senator GARETH EVANS (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That, unless otherwise ordered-

(1) The Senate at its rising on Thursday, 26 March 1987, adjourn till Monday, 30 March 1987 at 2 p.m.

(2) The days and hours of meeting of the Senate for the week 30 March-2 April 1987 be as follows:

(a) Monday, 30 March 1987-

2.00 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8.00 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

(b) Tuesday, 31 March 1987-

2.00 p.m.-3.15 p.m.:

(c) Wednesday, 1 April 1987-

10.00 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2.00 p.m.-7.30 p.m.; and

(d) Thursday, 2 April 1987-

10.00 a.m.-11.15 a.m.

(3) On Monday, 30 March 1987 and Wednesday, 1 April 1987, the Sessional Order relating to the Routine of Business for Week 2 apply.

(4) The Order of Business for Tuesday, 31 March 1987 and Thursday, 2 April 1987 be as follows:

(a) Petitions,

(b) Notices of Motion;

(c) Questions;

(d) Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business:

(e) Ministerial Statements, by leave;

(f) Presentation of Papers; and

(g) Adjournment.

(5) The hours of meeting of the Senate from 28 April 1987 and for the remainder of the Autumn Sittings be varied as follows:

(a) During the first sitting week-

Tuesday, 2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-7.30 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-3.45 p.m.; and

(b) During the second sitting week-

Monday, 2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-7.30 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-6.30 p.m.

Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement in relation to that notice of motion.

Leave granted.


Senator GARETH EVANS —For the information of honourable senators, I indicate that that notice of motion seeks to do two things: Firstly, to put our house in order in an entirely routine way for the rather complicated sitting next week when Estimates committees will sit, and to adjust our normal hours simply to the exigencies of those Estimates committees; and, secondly, to confirm as the sitting times for the remainder of this session those that we have been used to since the latter part of last year. There has been a good deal of discussion between the various party leaders and within the party rooms as to possible variations of those sitting hours that have operated, I think, since late November last year, or since the latter part of last session. It has not been possible to reach consensus about any particular variation, although a number of models have been circulated. The general view seems to be that discretion is the better part of valour, and, accordingly, we will simply move to confirm the status quo for the remainder of this session and think some more about the possibility of changes to hours at some unspecified later stage.