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Thursday, 30 June 1994
Page: 2504

Senator COLSTON (5.49 p.m.) —I will close the debate by saying that, from the conversation that I have had across the chamber with Senator Harradine, I think he is satisfied with the course of action being taken. I do understand what Senator Harradine has said. This is a most unusual step. One thing that the committee could have done was seek leave to withdraw the notice of disallowance today. But we decided we should not do so because we thought the rights of the Senate should be protected by keeping it on.

  On the other hand, if certain conditions fall into place over the seven week recess, it will be helpful for the Industrial Relations Court if we withdraw it. I put in the motion that the notice of motion would be taken to be withdrawn unless another senator before that time indicated to the President in writing that the senator requires the notice of motion to remain on the notice paper until the Senate next meets. That did not go as far as Senator Harradine would like it to go and I can understand that, but before the Senate rises I shall ensure that a copy of the motion will be sent to every senator so that they are aware of the fact that it may be withdrawn. If they wish to object, they can then do so.

  Question resolved in the affirmative.

  Consideration resumed.