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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1122


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - by leave- I move:

That the sessional orders relating to the days and times of meeting and precedence to Government and General Business be varied as follows:

(   1 ) That unless otherwise ordered the days of meeting of the Senate shall be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week and that the hour of meeting unless otherwise ordered shall be half past 1 1 a.m. on Tuesdays, a quarter past 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and half past 10 a.m. on Thursdays.

(2)   That unless otherwise ordered General Business take precedence of Government Business on Thursdays after 3 p.m.

(3)   That unless otherwise ordered the sessional order relating to the adjournment of the Senate have effect at half past 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, 1 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

I indicate in quick elaboration that the Government has a pretty heavy legislative program in this present sessional period. I do not know how long it will be before the Government will be requesting a variation to the sessional order relating to the adjournment of the Senate at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. But if a request to extend the hours of sittings on Thursdays is made and if it is acceded to by the Senate, we would assume that General Business would take precedence of Government Business after 8 p.m. on Thursdays.







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