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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 43


Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Leader of the House)(5.53) —by leave-I move:

That standing order 48A, adjournment of the House, and standing order 103, 11 o 'clock rule, be suspended for this sitting.

I thank the Opposition Leader of the House (Mr Sinclair) for his co-operation. As honourable members know, this evening the Treasurer (Mr Keating) will be introducing the Budget. I am advised that his speech will take an hour and a half. Supplementary pieces of legislation have to be introduced following his Budget Speech. Because of the length of some of those pieces of legislation, it may well be that we will be needing this extension of time. This would not be possible under the present Standing Orders. The whole intention of moving this suspension of Standing Orders is to enable the Treasurer's speech and the supplementary and complementary legislation to be introduced without any untoward delay. We hope that the matters can be completed by about 11 p.m., but it is better to have an assurance that we will not be affected by Standing Orders.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 5.54 to 8 p.m.