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Wednesday, 16 February 2000
Page: 11897

Senator O'BRIEN (4:04 PM) —I simply want to respond to a comment by Senator Harris suggesting that somehow I had led him to believe that the opposition would be supporting the suspension motion. Certainly, the opposition's position at whips meetings has been that this motion would be opposed and formality would be opposed. In conversation in the chamber I was asked about our position, and I indicated again that we would be opposing formality and that it was up to the senator as to what he would do then. There was no indication that we would be supporting suspension. I simply put that on the record.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Senator Harris, you will need leave if you are going to speak, because the suspension debate does not close with you.