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SCRUTINY OF BILLS-STANDING COMMITTEE-PROPOSED DIRECTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION OF BILLS- Suspension of Standing Orders

Senator Harradine, pursuant to Standing Order 448, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Harradine moving that the Notice of Motion given by him earlier this day be called on forthwith.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Harradine thereupon moved-That the Notice of Motion given by Senator Harradine earlier this day be called on forthwith.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Harradine thereupon moved-That the Senate, noting the 5th Report of 1985 of the Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills, relating to the Human Embryo Experimentation Bill 1985- (a) directs that Committee, when dealing with a private Senator's Bill, to take all appropriate measures to enable that Senator to participate, without voting, in its deliberations on the Bill, to make available to that Senator any submissions which the Committee has received on the Bill and any comments on the Bill which the Committee is considering reporting to the Senate, to provide that Senator with an opportunity to be heard orally or in writing in relation to such submissions or proposed comments before the Committee makes any report to the Senate on the Bill, and to ensure that the Senator is advised of the approximate time of presentation of the report and is provided with a copy thereof at the same time as it is received by members of the Committee; and

(b) directs that Committee to confine itself strictly to the criteria for reporting on Bills contained in the Resolution appointing the Committee, and not to comment upon matters relating to the policy of Bills.

Debate ensued.

Leave refused: Senator Harradine sought leave to incorporate a document in Hansard. Objection being raised, leave not granted.

Debate continued.

Leave refused: Senator Harradine sought leave to table Papers. Objection being raised, leave not granted.

Debate continued.

Leave refused: Senator Harradine again sought leave to table Papers. Objection being raised, leave not granted.

Debate continued.

Question-That the motion be agreed to-put and negatived.