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Thursday, 29 November 1973

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate) - I move:

That unless otherwise ordered Government Business take precedence over all other business on the notice paper this day except that general business, order of the day No. 28, take precedence at 4.30 p.m.

Order of the day No. 28 is the Parliament Bill introduced by Senator Wright. What the Government would like to happen and what it invites the Senate to do is to proceed down the notice paper with the orders of the day. There are 2 Appropriation Bills, the Wheat Industry Stabilisation Bill and the Wheat Export Charge Bill. It is necessary for Treasury and financial reasons that these Bills be passed today.

Senator Byrne - Is that the Appropriation Bills?

Senator MURPHY -The 2 Appropriation Bills and the 2 Wheat Bills. Unless approval is obtained today there will be grave disruption affecting the fixation of the price of wheat. That is my information.

Senator Byrne - The honourable senator wants the 4 Bills passed today?

Senator MURPHY -Yes, the 4 Bills should be passed today. I suggest, with respect, that we aim to have these Bills passed by 4.30 p.m. I also suggest that it would be a convenient division of time if the Appropriation Bills could be passed by 3 o'clock and the 2 other Bills by 4.30. We could then proceed to the Parliament Bill under general business and deal with it. When that debate is finished there are certain Bills to be introduced. Perhaps the motion to adjourn the Senate might be moved at the conclusion of that business. That is what the Government is aiming at. I have previously indicated to the Leaders of the Parties that we need those 4 Bills today. I have just spoken with the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Withers). If this course is followed it seems to us to be a convenient division of time. I know that there is not much time but I think it would be in everyone's interest if we did not spend our time arguing about the issue of time, rather we should leave as much time as we can to deal with the Bills.

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