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Thursday, 24 March 1994
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Senator IAN MACDONALD (10.19 a.m.) —I am still waiting for Senator Faulkner to give the Senate the ironclad guarantee that we will not sit after 10.30 and we will not sit tomorrow. If we can rely only on the sort of ironclad guarantee that Senator Faulkner has given, I can give Senator Faulkner an ironclad guarantee from me personally. It is not from the coalition; I speak only for myself here. I give Senator Faulkner an ironclad guarantee that perhaps, maybe, well, I might think about not calling a quorum between 12.45 and 2 o'clock today. So he has my ironclad guarantee that perhaps, maybe, well, I will think about it; and, depending on what sort of cooperation we get from the Labor Party, perhaps I will not call a quorum or call a division between 12.45 and 2 o'clock. If that is the sort of ironclad guarantee we can get from Senator Faulkner, then, as I say, he has my personal guarantee—I am not speaking for the Liberal and National parties—that perhaps, maybe, well, I will think about perhaps not calling a quorum or a division at lunchtime.

  There is legislation that has to be done before parliament rises today because Senator Faulkner tells us it is needed. As my leader has pointed out, we have not been advised why it is so essential. There has been no explanation given. I am concerned that Senator Richardson's adjournment valedictories may carry on and on forever and—


Senator Ferguson —Not from this side.


Senator IAN MACDONALD —Not from this side, but I wish him well in retirement. I have a special message for him from the people of Ravenshoe. They have a special message for Senator Richardson on his retirement. Perhaps there will be a few of us who want to say a couple of things. It is important, I think, that we get some sort of guarantee from the government. This is a two-way street. We have plans to make; we have arrangements made for tonight and tomorrow. If the government will not help us, it will get the same sort of guarantee back from us.