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Wednesday, 21 April 1999
Page: 4054

Senator O'CHEE (5:10 PM) —by leave—I assume that constitutes granting leave. What happened in the division before the Senate moved to consideration of matters of public interest was that a division had been concluded and the next division was called on. A number of senators had in fact left the chamber and, although an attempt was made by some honourable senators to draw your and my attention to the fact that they had left the chamber, that clearly was not successful. Therefore, two coalition senators, through no fault of their own—

Senator Carr —They had left the chamber.

Senator O'CHEE —Senators are entitled to leave the chamber between divisions, Senator Carr. Having left the chamber before the division was called on, those senators were then precluded from the opportunity of having a vote, through no fault of their own. In those circumstances, Madam President, I suggest it is entirely appropriate that this matter be recommitted and the will of the Senate be seen.

The PRESIDENT —The proposition is that leave be given for the amendment moved by Senator Carr as recorded on sheet 1343 to be recommitted.

Leave granted.

The PRESIDENT —The question now is that Senator Carr's amendment in respect of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax Transition) Bill 1998 be agreed to.