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NEXT MEETING OF SENATE

The Leader of the Government (Senator Button) moved-That, unless otherwise ordered, the Senate, at its rising, adjourn till Tuesday, 28 February 1984, at 2 p.m., or such other day and/or hour as may be fixed by the President or, in the event of the President being unavailable, by the Deputy-President, and that the day and hour of meeting so determined shall be notified to each Senator.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '': Provided that the President, upon a request or requests by an absolute majority of the whole number of Senators that the Senate meet at a certain time, shall fix a day and hour of meeting in accordance with such request or requests, and such time of meeting shall be notified to each Senator.

''For these purposes a request by the Leader or Deputy-Leader of the Opposition in the Senate shall be deemed to be a request by every Senator of the Opposition and a request by the Leader or Deputy-Leader of the Australian Democrats shall be deemed to be a request by every Australian Democrat Senator.

''Provided further that the request or requests may be made to the President by leaving the same with, or delivering the same to, the Clerk of the Senate, who shall immediately notify the President.

''In the event of the President being unavailable, the Clerk shall without delay notify the Deputy-President, or, should he be unavailable, any one of the Temporary Chairmen of Committees, who shall be deemed to be required by the Senate to summon the Senate on behalf of the President, in accordance with the terms of this Resolution''.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added-put and passed.

Main Question, as amended-put and passed.