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Thursday, 23 June 2011
Page: 3666


Senator PARRY (TasmaniaChief Opposition Whip in the Senate and Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (11:49): I seek leave to make a brief statement to ask a question of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Ludwig.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Moore ) (11:49): Leave is granted for two minutes.

Senator PARRY: Thank you. As the government is aware, this is a private senator's bill—this is our bill and we wish to have all stages completed. I am asking, so that it is on the record, if the government will consider extending time to complete all stages of the bill within one hour. If we extend that time, the coalition will withdraw its matter of public importance that is listed for this afternoon on the Notice Paper. That would bring back the hour so neither the government nor the opposition would lose time. The important point is that we would like all stages of the bill completed within that one hour.