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Wednesday, 6 June 1984
Page: 2597

Senator LEWIS(10.59) —I want to make reference to the fact that this recommendation, which is supported by both the Opposition and the Democrats, is a use of an affirmative resolution procedure about which there has been much debate over many years, both in this Parliament and in parliaments in general and at meetings of parliamentary organisational groups. Although I am not able to quote his words, or indeed remember any of his speeches, I would not mind having a wager with the Attorney-General that at some stage or other he has made a powerful speech in support of affirmative resolution procedures.

Senator Gareth Evans —On occasions. When I was in Opposition.

Senator LEWIS —The Attorney-General is now in a position where he will exercise the power. I take it that the Committee will support the amendment, which will enable him to carry out the feelings he had when he was in Opposition.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be left out (Senator Chipp's amendment) be left out.