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Wednesday, 21 September 1994
Page: 1036


Senator MARGETTS (9.55 a.m.) —Pursuant to contingent notice of motion standing in my name, I move:

  That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Margetts moving a motion relating to the conduct of business of the Senate, namely a motion to give precedence to general business notice of motion No. 1029 standing in the name of Senator Margetts for this day, relating to drought and climatic change.

The motion that I propose we debate today is important because we have had a great deal of discussion in this chamber about the drought and its implications socially and on primary industry. We have also had a number of debates in this chamber about the implications of climatic change and the need for the acceptance of that change. This will be the second occasion on which we have debated this issue, but I feel that the need to raise these issues and bring about a combined debate is obvious.

  The Greens have always accepted the concept that a reasonable debate is acceptable, and we generally support motions for a reasonable debate on such issues. I ask for support in the Senate for the debate to take place. I do not believe that it will be a lengthy debate, but it is an important issue and it is important that the Senate have the chance to discuss it.