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Wednesday, 23 March 1994
Page: 2040


Senator WATSON (12.29 p.m.) —In trying constructively to assist the government in executing its program, I believe that we could excise this particular issue, continue with the other matters, get them resolved—because resolution is required in a number of other matters—and then report progress. I think perhaps it would put too much pressure on us, given that we are going to rise tomorrow, for the whole of the debate perhaps to be truncated and a number of other important issues not be given adequate consideration. I do not want to belittle the issue that we have raised at the present time, but I think it would be appropriate if we could proceed with the other issues involved in the bill and the amendments because we need assurances. We have certain amendments that we would like to put to the parliament, and we would certainly like adequate time to discuss them, rather than maybe have the legislation rushed through at a later hour tomorrow afternoon.