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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7574

Senator PARRY (Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (9:59 AM) —by leave—In the spirit of our frank discussion across the chamber, I would like to further interrogate the minister. What I understand from the minister is that this is a contingency measure in case the Senate chamber is needed to be active from 12 noon in relation to the apology. That is seeking, in real terms, an additional half an hour of Senate sitting time. If the minister can guarantee that we are not facilitating additional government business by a backdoor method, I will accept his word on that. In addition to that, could he amend his motion to include the adjournment debate from the normal time? It is not explicit in the motion. It says, ‘The hours of meeting shall be noon to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm’; the adjournment should be proposed then at 9.50. I seek a response as to whether the adjournment debate will still continue for the normal 40-minute period.