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Thursday, 5 May 1994
Page: 301

Senator KERNOT (Leader of the Australian Democrats) —by leave—I apologise for the short notice, and I take responsibility for that. While we are being honest here, I remind honourable senators that we were contacted by the minister's office only late yesterday afternoon about amendments the government wanted to put up. It is not a good way to operate. Nevertheless, if it is understood that we are adjourning only for a short time to get clarification—

Senator Watson —Well, not too short.

Senator KERNOT —Not too short; not five minutes. In my view, that is a preferable way to proceed.

  Question resolved in the affirmative.

  Progress reported.