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SITTING PATTERN-MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

The Leader of the Government (Senator Button), by leave, made a statement relating to the proposed sitting pattern of the Senate for the current period of sittings.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney), the Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Chipp) and Senator Harradine, by leave, made statements relating thereto.

Senator Button, by leave, made a further statement.