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Wednesday, 21 April 1999
Page: 4011

Senator FAULKNER (2:01 PM) —by leave—I make the same point that I did earlier this week. If a minister has been unavoidably delayed, that is accepted by the opposition as an acceptable reason why a minister may not be present at question time. But here again there is the issue of courtesy to the opposition and the Senate. Normally such a matter would be communicated prior to question time. It was not. I think Senator Alston should lift his game.