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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2068

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - The motion to sit tomorrow, if carried, would mean a departure from the normal sitting days of the Senate. The Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Drake-Brockman) has not given any reason why the Senate should sit tomorrow. It has sat for the 3 weeks that it normally sits, and now it should rise until Tuesday week because that course is considered to be the proper way for it to conduct its business. If the Senate does not rise until Tuesday week but comes back next Tuesday, why should not we sit on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and attend to the business in the normal course? I suggest that that is the course that the Senate should adopt. Irrespective of the fate of the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill - I, for one, think that it should not be dealt with at this stage - there is a great deal of other business, and the Senate should attend to it. Why does this kind of pressure tactic have to be applied to this chamber in order to fit in, I suppose, with the wishes and sometimes the caprice of the other place? The Senate has the opportunity to conduct its business in an orderly fashion. I think it should keep to the procedures which it has laid down and come back on Tuesday.

Senator Cavanagh No w the Senate will have to hear Senator Turnbull on behalf of the Independent senators.

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) I would like to hear what Senator Turnbull and others have to say. The Senate should deal with its business in the ordinary and proper way. Therefore, the Opposition will oppose the motion.

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