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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 5818


Senator ROBERT RAY (9:39 AM) —by leave—I move:

That the Senate take note of the statement.

I indicate that I also wish to move that the debate be adjourned until immediately after the noting of questions on Thursday, 14 November. The President has convened a meeting of the Appropriations and Staffing Committee on Wednesday, and I am sure honourable senators would rather make their comments in private at that stage. What I am doing is putting the debate on the President's speech off until Thursday. If people then think it is necessary to comment publicly on it, they can digest the comments and make their comments then. It is also a period of an hour that is pretty much down time in the Senate, so it will not interfere with the government's program. I seek leave to continue my remarks.

Leave granted.