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SESSIONAL ORDERS-VARIATION

The Leader of the Government (Senator Button), having, by leave, amended Government Business, Notice of Motion No. 1 standing in his name, pursuant to notice, moved- 1. Days and Hours of Meeting: (1) That, unless otherwise ordered, the days and hours of sitting of the Senate from the first sitting in 1984 shall be as follows- (a) during the first sitting week- Tuesday, 2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-4.15 p.m.

(b) during the second sitting week- Monday, 2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 2 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

8 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday, 10 a.m.-6.30 p.m.

From the termination of the last sitting in the second week, the Senate shall stand adjourned until 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday after that termination, or such other day and/or hour as may be fixed by the President or, in the event of the President being unavailable due to illness or other cause, by the Deputy-President, and that the day and/or hour of meeting so determined shall be notified to each Senator; and the 4-weekly cycle will then be repeated.

(2) That the Sessional Order relating to the adjournment of the Senate have effect at the terminating time each day.

2. Adjournment of the Senate: That, at the terminating time each day, 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.

3. Routine of Business: That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and unless otherwise ordered, the Senate shall proceed with its ordinary business in the following routine:

Week 1 Tuesday: 1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Questions

4 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

5 Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

6 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

7 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

8 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Wednesday: 1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

4 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

5 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

6 At 2 p.m., Questions

7 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

8 Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

9 Consideration of Committee Reports pursuant to Sessional Order

10 Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Thursday: 1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

4 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

5 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

6 At 2 p.m., Questions

7 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

8 Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

9 General Business

10 Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Friday: 1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

4 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

5 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

6 At 2 p.m., Questions

7 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

8 Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

9 Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Week 2 Monday: 1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Questions

4 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

5 Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

6 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

7 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

8 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Tuesday: 1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Questions

4 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

5 Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

6 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

7 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

8 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Wednesday: 1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

4 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

5 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

6 At 2 p.m., Questions

7 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

8 Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

9 Consideration of Committee Reports pursuant to Sessional Order

10 Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Thursday: 1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

4 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

5 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

6 At 2 p.m., Questions

7 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

8 Consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order

9 General Business

10 Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

4. Proposals Pursuant to Standing Order 64: That, unless otherwise ordered and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, on Fridays in week 1 and Thursdays in week 2 the discussion of any proposal submitted to the Senate pursuant to Standing Order 64 shall not exceed 1 hour.

5. Government and General Business-Precedence: That, on all sitting days of the Senate, unless otherwise ordered, Government Business shall take precedence of General Business, except that General Business shall take precedence of Government Business on Thursdays after Questions, any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64 and consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order until the expiration of 2 1/2 hours or until there is no further debate; and that, unless otherwise ordered, General Business, Orders of the Day shall take precedence of General Business, Notices of Motion on alternate Thursdays.

6. Consideration of Government Papers: That, unless otherwise ordered, and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing and Sessional Orders: (1) (a) on all sitting days of the Senate, after Notices, Papers may be presented by a Minister; such Papers shall then be considered pursuant to this Sessional Order after Questions and any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64; and

(b) when Papers are called on by the President, pursuant to this Sessional Order, a motion may be moved, without notice, that the Senate take note of one, or several, of the Papers.

(2) The debate on any motion moved pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be conducted as follows: (a) no Senator shall speak for more than 5 minutes;

(b) if debate pursuant to this Sessional Order is not concluded it shall be interrupted after 30 minutes, and the Senate shall proceed to the consideration of the Business of the Day;

(c) if the debate is adjourned or interrupted by Sessional Order, a motion may be moved for the resumption of the debate either for the Thursday of that week at the time for the consideration of General Business, or for the next day of sitting; and

(d) on Thursdays, at the commencement of General Business: (i) when an Order of the Day is called on under this Sessional Order, Senators who have previously spoken may speak again for 5 minutes,

(ii) motions without notice may be moved to take note of Government Papers tabled during the current sitting week and in relation to which no such motion has previously been moved: Provided that debate under this Sessional Order shall be interrupted after 1 hour.

(3) Where debates on motions moved under the provisions of this Sessional Order are adjourned until the next day of sitting and are called on in the normal course of business, Senators who have spoken to the motions under the provisions of this Sessional Order may speak again for the time allowed under Standing Order 407A.

Ordered-That the Items in the motion be considered separately.

Item 1 read- On the motion of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) the following amendment was agreed to: At end of sub-item (1), 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''.

Senator Harradine moved an amendment, viz: On the Thursday of the second sitting week, leave out ''6.30 p.m.'', insert ''4.30 p.m.''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put and negatived.

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Senator Harradine moved a further amendment, viz: At end of Item, add '': Provided that this Sessional Order does not have effect for Monday, 5 March 1984 and Monday, 7 May 1984''.

Debate ensued.

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

Item 1, as amended, agreed to.

Item 2 agreed to.

Item 6, by leave, agreed to.

Item 3 read- Senator Chaney moved an amendment, viz: Leave out the routine of business for Friday of Week 1 and Thursday of Week 2, insert the following routines Friday, Week 1 ''1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

4 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

5 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

6 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

7 At 2 p.m., Questions

8 Presentation of Government Papers and consideration pursuant to Sessional Order

9 Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper''

Thursday, Week 2 ''1 Petitions

2 Notices of Motion

3 Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

4 Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

5 Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

6 Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

7 At 2 p.m., Questions

8 Presentation of Government Papers and consideration pursuant to Sessional Order

9 General Business

10 Further consideration of Government Business, Notices of Motion and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 26

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard (Teller) Crichton-Browne Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Martin Messner Missen Reid Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 31

Senators- Bolkus Button Childs Chipp Coleman Colston Cook Crowley Elstob Evans, Jack Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Hearn Jones McClelland McIntosh Macklin Maguire Mason Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Robertson (Teller) Ryan Tate Walsh Zakharov

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Item 3 agreed to.

Item 4 debated-

On the motion of Senator Chaney the following amendment was debated and agreed to: ''At end of Item, add the following new paragraph 'That, unless otherwise ordered and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, the written statement of the proposed matter of public importance or motion of urgency shall be handed in to the President not later than 12.30 p.m. on each sitting day.''.

Item 4, as amended, agreed to.

Item 5 agreed to.

Proposed Sessional Orders, as amended, agreed to accordingly.