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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7573


Senator PARRY (Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (9:56 AM) —by leave—I wish to, by way of clarification, ask if the minister can enlighten the chamber with some more detail. We had contact at 9.20 this morning in the leader’s office indicating some detail about the apology being given in the Great Hall, which we certainly support. We need to understand why the Senate is being asked to sit from 12 noon instead of 12.30. What is taking place in the Senate chamber? Senator Ludwig a few moments ago, whilst the chamber was active, indicated to me that there will be a statement tabled in the Senate. If we could understand why it is required to do that at 12 instead of 12.30, that would be appreciated. We are very supportive of the apology, but we just want to know the mechanics, the process and why the Senate needs to start half an hour earlier. If we can do this by exchange in the chamber, Mr President, I would appreciate that.