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Wednesday, 1 April 1987
Page: 1595


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition) —by leave-I wish, on behalf of the Opposition, to acknowledge the fact that Senator Button gave the Opposition early advice of the Australia-China meeting that he was chairing. I wish to acknowledge that courtesy and to say that, although the Opposition regards it as essential for Ministers to be present if possible, we accept that on this occasion it is a very important meeting and that it is appropriate that the Minister should be chairing it.