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Thursday, 9 December 2004
Page: 12

Senator ELLISON (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) (10:13 AM) —by leave—The government is in the process of drafting a motion which I think will reflect much of what Senator Ludwig has said. The bills the government has for passing before the rising of the Senate today are the James Hardie (Investigations and Proceedings) Bill 2004, the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2004 and the Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2004 and we have a message as well relating to the Tax Laws Amendment (Retirement Villages) Bill 2004 which will have to be dealt with. On that basis, we would exclude the Disability Discrimination Amendment (Education Standards) Bill 2004 from the list. I understand the Democrats were looking at some amendment to that bill—there is some issue with that. The government will not proceed with that bill on the list, but would want the other bills I mentioned dealt with before the rising of the parliament. The approach Senator Ludwig mentioned is reasonable. We are drafting a motion to reflect that. I thought the previous motion had been circulated. I will ensure the amended motion is circulated to opposition, Democrat, Green and Independent senators and that we have a chance to deal with it prior to moving it in the chamber. That is the government thinking in relation to today's itinerary. I think that should be achievable.