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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2249

Senator CROWLEY (Minister for Family Services) (11.20 a.m.) —I am wondering whether it is possible to put these amendments separately. At the moment, as I understand it, Senator Woodley is moving an amendment to Senator Patterson's amendment. The government finds itself in the awkward position of having to pick which of those two—

Senator Patterson —I know which one is the best; there's no problem

Senator CROWLEY —That is Senator Patterson's view but the government views it differently. Could I ask Senator Woodley if he would be prepared to have the amendments put separately?

  The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Herron)—It was intended that Senator Woodley's amendment would be voted on first and then Senator Patterson's.

Senator CROWLEY —I would be happy with that as long as it is clear that in voting for Senator Woodley's amendment the government is not amending Senator Patterson's amendment.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —You would be amending Senator Patterson's amendment because you would be inserting another date.

Senator CROWLEY —These amendments could be moved as two separate amendments amending the government's amendment.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —Senator Woodley has chosen to move his amendment as a separate amendment to Senator Patterson's amendment.

Senator CROWLEY —Then I ask Senator Woodley if he would consider having his amendment put as a separate amendment to the government's amendment rather than as an amendment to Senator Patterson's amendment?