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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31533


Ms GILLARD (Manager of Opposition Business) (3:16 PM) —Mr Speaker, may I, on indulgence, say a few words in relation to sitting patterns this evening and tomorrow?


The SPEAKER —Yes.


Ms GILLARD —As you would probably be expecting, I have been in discussion with the Leader of the House about these matters. From the opposition's point of view, it may be wise to make some assessment after the dinner adjournment of whether there is any possibility of the Senate finishing tonight. The advice from our side and view of the government's program in the Senate is somewhat less optimistic than the Leader of the House has just put. I do not know who is right or wrong about that because these are matters for the Senate, but perhaps we could confer after the dinner adjournment and make some assessment at that point as to whether it is worth keeping the House sitting.


The SPEAKER —I note general agreement from the Leader of the House on the matter raised by the member for Lalor.


Mrs Crosio —Mr Speaker—


The SPEAKER —The member for Prospect will get the call. I merely did as I normally would: having recognised someone on my left, I was seeing if there was anyone on the right seeking the call. The member for Prospect has the call.