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Thursday, 12 December 2002
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Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) (9:53 AM) —I seek leave to incorporate a table which shows the actual number of sitting days and sitting weeks and estimates committee hearings, starting in 1977 and going through to next year.


Senator Harris —I raise a point of order, Mr Deputy President. Senator Campbell has walked around the chamber and shown that document to everybody in the chamber other than me.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Your point of order is being addressed now, Senator Harris. Is leave granted to incorporate the document?

Leave granted.

The document read as follows—

PARLIAMENTARY SITTING PATTERNS

As at 11 December 2002

No. of actual sitting weeks

No. of actual sitting days

Year

House

Senate

House

Senate

Total

Sittings

Estimates(including spillovers)

Total

Sittings

Estimates(including spillovers)

1977*

22

22

68

72

1978

22

22

75

76

1979

22

22

68

71

1980 *

17

17

51

57

1981

21

23

62

72

1982

19

24

53

73

1983 *

17

19

49

63

1984 *

13

16

52

63

1985

18

19

66

74

1986

20

22

79

86

1987 *

19

20

74

84

1988

21

23

65

89

1989

18

23

59

92

1990 *

12

15

38

59

1991

21

24

67

83

1992

19

22

60

76

1993 *

14

15

46

53

1994

18

21

68

80

1995

18

20

70

78

1996 *

16

17

61

71

1997

20

24

20½

76

98

82

16

1998 *

14

17

14

3

54

65

55

10

1999

19

24

19½

73

98

79

19

2000

19

22

17½

73

91

71

20

2001 *

15

17

14

3

56

67

52

15

2002

18

19

15½

69

77

59

18

2003 as at 24 Oct

19

20

16½

72

80

62

18

* election held that year

Question negatived.