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CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS) BILL 1983 CONSTITUTION ALTERATION (PARLIAMENTARY TERMS) BILL 1983

The Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans), by leave and pursuant to Notices of Motion not objected to as Formal Motions, moved the following Motions together- That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution so as to ensure that Senate elections and House of Representatives elections are held at the same time; and

That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution to extend the duration of the House of Representatives and the terms of service of senators.

Questions-put and passed.

Bills presented.

Suspension of Standing Orders to deal with Bills together: Senator Gareth Evans moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Questions with regard to the several stages for the passage through the Senate of the Bills being put in one motion at each stage, and the consideration of such Bills together in Committee of the Whole.

Question-put and passed.

On the motion of Senator Gareth Evans the Bills were read a first time.

Suspension of Standing Orders to prevent delay: Senator Gareth Evans, pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bills being passed through their remaining stages without delay.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Gareth Evans moved-That these Bills be now read a second time.

On the motion of Senator Durack the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.