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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1458

Senator POYSER - My question is directed to you, Mr President. You are no doubt aware of the decision taken in another place yesterday to request a joint meeting of both Houses to decide the site of the new and permanent Parliament House. As the Senate carried a similar motion during the life of the last Parliament, can such a meeting be convened now or does it first require further consideration by the Senate?

The PRESIDENT - I will read out in the course of today a message from the House of Representatives on this matter. I do not think at this juncture that it is a matter for the Presiding Officers. It will be a matter for discussion between the Leader of the Government in the Senate and the Leader of the Opposition as to what time this matter will be brought on for discussion in the Senate.

Senator Byrne - And the Leader of the Democratic Labor Party.

The PRESIDENT - And the Leader of the Democratic Labor Party.

Senator Townley - And the Independents.

The PRESIDENT - And I have no doubt that the Independents will have a word in it, too. When the Leader of the Government and the leaders of the Liberal Party, the Country Party and the Democratic Labor Party, take this matter into consideration on the floor of the Senate they should examine where the joint meeting should be held, under what Standing Orders it should be held and who is to be responsible for presiding over and the conduct of such an assembly,

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