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Notice given 12 December 2002

333  Senator Brown: To move—

(1) That the Senate—

(a) approves a question time each day encompassing a minimum of 14 questions, or more if the hour permits;

(b) allocates questions as follows per 4 day sitting week:

Number of senators

Opposition 28 28

Government 15 35

Australian Democrats 7 7

Crossbench 6 6

(c) notes that this involves a loading for non-government senators; and

(d) notes that the Australian Democrats and crossbench groups will work out an order of senators asking questions, based on these two groups having the sixth, eighth and twelfth questions each day and the fourteenth question on Wednesday.

(2) That standing order 72(3)(a) is amended by omitting ‘4 minutes’, and substituting ‘3 minutes’.

(3) That standing order 72(3)(b) is amended so that supplementary questions are not permitted when the substantive question is asked by a government senator.

Notice of motion altered on 6 February 2003 pursuant to standing order 77.