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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7818

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland— Leader of the Australian Democrats) (9.41 a.m.)—I move:

(1) That the Senate notes:

(a) that the scheduled program of sittings for 2003 is just 63 days;

(b) that the scheduled sittings for 2002 and 2003 are the shortest parliamentary sitting years since 1988 that have not been election years; and

(c) that by providing for minimal sittings of the Senate the Government does not allow the Senate enough time to properly consider and evaluate the Government's heavy legislative program.

(2) That the order of the Senate relating to the days of meeting of the Senate for 2003 be varied as follows:

(a) by adding additional sitting weeks as follows:

Monday, 24 February to Thursday, 27 February 2003

Monday, 7 April to Thursday, 10 April 2003; and

(b) the routine of business for the week beginning Monday, 7 April 2003 be in accordance with standing order 57 except that, on each day, general business orders of the day relating to private senators' bills shall take precedence of government business.