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Curtailment of sitting hours in Senate



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. PRESS RELEASE BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION ’ IN THE SENATE, SENATOR R. G. WITHERS ---------------------------------------------

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, "^Senator R. G. Withers, today criticised the Government for curtailing Senate sitting hours.

He said that despite a last minute panic build up of legislative matters being placed before the Senate for consideration before the end of the Budget Session of Parliament, the Government had seen fit to cut short Senate sitting hours.

"For some reason best known to themselves, the Government adjourned the Senate at 6.10 p.m. instead of 7.00 p.m." he said.

Senator Withers said Opposition Senators were prepared to sit forĀ· as long as it was necessary to give full

consideration to all matters which came before the Senate.

. , He said that during the week, 19 Bills had been introduced into the Senate, 8 of them within the last ten minutes of the sitting.

One Bill, the Seas and Submerged Lands Bill (No. 2) 1973, had been passed with amendments. ONe Bill, the Seas and Submerged Lands (Royalty on Minerals) Bill . (No. 2) 1973, had been defeated.

Two Bills, the Australian Industry Development Corporat ion Bill 1973 and the National Investment Fund Bill 1973, had been

referred to Senate Committees.

The Senate also passed today a private member's bill which designated Capital Hill as the site for a new and permanent

Parliament House. The Bill was introduced by Senator the Hon. R. C. Wright and the Bill is th&'f irst step in the finalisation of the

siting of the new Parliament House. If agreed to by the House of

Representatives, the siting of the new Parliament House will be . finally put to rest.

CANBERRA 29 November, 1973.