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Wednesday, 10 October 1984
Page: 1593

Senator TATE —Mr President, I seek leave to move a motion for an extension of time for the Senate Select Committee on Allegations Concerning a Judge.

Senator Georges —Mr President, I take a point of order. We are about to have before us an application to allow for an extension of time for the sitting of that Committee. This matter is not on the Notice Paper and has suddenly been brought into the Senate. It is a matter that needs to be considered by the whole Senate. I think all honourable senators ought to be aware of the application for an extension of time by this Committee. My view of the matter is that leave ought not to be granted because the matter is not on the Notice Paper. It is a substantial matter of which notice ought to be given to all honourable senators. The reason I raise it at this stage is that I am not inclined to give leave for the purpose; I would give leave tomorrow morning when a warning has been given that this extension of time will be sought. The Senate will be meeting at 10 o' clock tomorrow morning, so that does raise a problem. Nevertheless, I do believe that the whole Senate should be aware of the application being made by the Committee for an extension of time.

I think certain questions ought to be asked of the Committee as to why it needs that extension. Certain matters need to be debated. I say to you, Mr President, that there is a very important matter which the Committee has not reported to the Senate; that is, that the direction and decision of the Senate were breached .

The PRESIDENT —Senator Georges, you are taking a point of order and not making a speech.

Senator Georges —Yes, but, in making that point of order, I just indicate that there is a possibility that I will refuse leave.

The PRESIDENT —Order! There is no point of order. At the moment Senator Tate has sought leave to move a motion. That is the situation at the moment.

Leave not granted.