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Wednesday, 14 September 1983
Page: 758

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Leader of the House)(2.55) —in reply-I thank the honourable member for New England (Mr Sinclair) for his support of my motion . The reason why we are suspending the rule is to enable 15 Opposition members to participate in the debate. I should have thought that that would have been recognised.

Mr Anthony —What about tomorrow?

Mr LIONEL BOWEN —There is other business tomorow. Unfortunately, one cannot just do a Bill a week here. We now have 120 Bills listed for this program. I want to assist the right honourable member for New England. I have not moved at what hours we shall suspend for our evening break. If he feels that he needs one and a half hours in which to eat, perhaps we can come to some accommodation. Of course, with the hours listed this evening, I would not have thought that he would have made any other arrangements for dinner, because we would not have been concluding until 8 p.m. under the old rules.

Mr Dobie —There is the dining room's capacity to service.

Mr LIONEL BOWEN —I appreciate that, and there may be special problems. We are doing this on the basis of assisting the dining room, Hansard and the other staffs, including the Clerks. I know that politicians can go without food, particularly the honourable member for Cook (Mr Dobie). If the right honourable member for New England wants to have a little longer break this evening, I make the point that we still have not moved that motion and will not do so until about 6.30 p.m.

Question resolved in the affirmative.