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Thursday, 6 September 1984
Page: 626

Senator PETER RAE(10.29) —I support the motion and I also support what Senator Robertson has said. I hope we can work out a better way. The reason I called a quorum tonight was because I had a misunderstanding that we were to debate an important and serious matter. The Scrutiny of Bills Committee matter is important and serious and ought to be discussed with every honourable senator having the opportunity to be here and knowing that the matter is to be brought on. I guess the misfortune was that the matter came on with honourable senators not prepared to debate it. I totally support the proposition that we have to work out a better system. I suggest that maybe the party rooms could be used as a better filter system in that we could schedule, through the managers of business in the Senate, the bringing on of Standing Orders Committee reports to ensure that they are discussed in the party rooms, with the Independent senator being given notice, before they are brought on for debate.

I could not agree more that the present system is not entirely satisfactory. I join Senator Robertson as one of those who sit around in the Senate Standing Orders Committee and try to do something useful for the sake of the efficiency of this place. I support the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolutions reported; report adopted.