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Tuesday, 17 February 1976
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Senator WITHERS (Western AustraliaLeader of the Government) - I inform the Senate that I knew that the motion adverted to by Senator O'Byrne was to be moved in another place. In fact I think 3 such motions were moved in the other place today: One concerned the deceased Prime Minister of Malaysia and one the deceased Prime Minister of Nigeria. I have been informed that the practice of the Senate has been not to move motions of condolence on the first day of sitting; otherwise these motions would have come before the Senate this day. I know a number of honourable senators wish to speak to these motions and they will be moved at the first opportunity tomorrow.

The PRESIDENT -Apropos of the earlier remarks of Senator James McClelland I must say that I was warmly congratulated in another place by the honourable gentleman to whom he referred.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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