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DAYS AND TIMES OF MEETING OF SENATE

-Variation of Sessional Orders: Senator Grimes, pursuant to notice, moved-That the Sessional Orders of the Senate of 26 November 1980, relating to the days and hours of meeting, the suspension of sittings and the adjournment of the Senate, be amended to read as follows:

(1) Days and hours of meeting: Unless otherwise ordered, the days and hours of meeting of the Senate shall be Tuesdays at 1.45 p.m., Wednesdays at 2.00 p.m., and Thursdays at 10.00 a.m.

(2) Suspension of sittings: Unless otherwise ordered, the sitting of the Senate, or of a Committee of the Whole, as the case may be, shall be suspended from 6.30 p.m. till 8.00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

(3) Adjournment of the Senate: Unless otherwise ordered, at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10.30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7.00 p.m. on Thursdays the President shall put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate; if the Senate be in Committee at that hour, the Chairman shall in like manner put the Question-That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate; and upon such report being made the President shall forthwith put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate: Provided that if the Senate or the Committee be in Division at the time named, the President or the Chairman shall not put the Question referred to till the result of such Division has been declared; and if the business under discussion shall not have been disposed of at such adjournment it shall appear on the Notice Paper for the next sitting day.

Debate ensued.

Senator Grimes, by leave, amended his motion to read as follows:

That the Sessional Orders of the Senate of 26 November 1980, relating to the days and hours of meeting, the suspension of sittings and the adjournment of the Senate, be amended to read as follows:

(1) Days and hours of meeting: Unless otherwise ordered, the days and hours of meeting of the Senate shall be Tuesdays at 1.45 p.m., Wednesdays at 1.45 p.m., and Thursdays at 10.00 a.m.

(2) Suspension of sittings: Unless otherwise ordered, the sitting of the Senate, or of a Committee of the Whole, as the case may be, shall be suspended from 6.30 p.m. till 8.00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

(3) Adjournment of the Senate: Unless otherwise ordered, at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 11.00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7.00 p.m. on Thursdays the President shall put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate; if the Senate be in Committee at that hour, the Chairman shall in like manner put the Question-That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate; and upon such report being made the President shall forthwith put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate: Provided that if the Senate or the Committee be in Division at the time named, the President or the Chairman shall not put the Question referred to till the result of such Division has been declared; and if the business under discussion shall not have been disposed of at such adjournment it shall appear on the Notice Paper for the next sitting day.

Debate continued.

Leave refused: Senator Harradine sought leave to continue his remarks.

Objection being raised, leave not granted.

Debate continued.

Question-put.

The Senate divided-

AYES, 46

Senators- Baume Bolkus Bonner Button Chaney Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Crichton-Browne Elstob Evans Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Hamer Hill Jessop Jones Keeffe Kilgariff McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh Macklin Martin Mason Messner Missen Mulvihill Rae, Peter Robertson Ryan Scott Sibraa Siddons Thomas Townley Walsh Watson Withers Young Teller: Collard

NOES, 14

Senators- Archer Bjelke-Petersen Carrick, Sir John Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Harradine Lajovic Lewis McLaren Martyr Reid Tate Teague Teller: Walters

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.