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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4802

Senator HARRADINE (9:44 AM) —by leave—I have just a few comments. I think it is important for the chamber to understand that there are now a number of crossbench people and parties. You have the Greens, One Nation and the Independents—

Senator Ian Campbell —And two groups of Democrats.

Senator HARRADINE —and of course the Democrats. I think it is very important to realise that we do need time as well. One of the reasons for the cut-off was to ensure that we did have that particular time and that we were not just flooded with legislation. I rise to indicate that I hope that the Manager of Government Business does not intend to so stack the program with legislation as to force extraordinary hours of sittings of this chamber as we get towards Christmas. I really hope that the Manager of Government Business would bear in mind—and I am sure he does—the need for us to get over each piece of legislation and allow the time that is needed for that.

Question agreed to.