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Thursday, 26 November 2009
Page: 13218

Mr STEPHEN SMITH (Minister for Foreign Affairs) (12:04 PM) —I also congratulate the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and associate myself with the remarks of the Acting Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition so far as the member for Wentworth is concerned.

My purpose in rising, Mr Speaker, is to advise the House that we are of course in continuation awaiting the Senate’s consideration of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme bills. We are at this time of the year, as I said yesterday, often in the hands of the Senate. I hope to be able to advise the House in the next couple of hours what our arrangements might be for continuing the sitting today, possibly tonight and possibly tomorrow. I will do my best to advise the House as quickly as possible about the proposed arrangements for today and possibly tomorrow.