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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 182

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - Where are we going on this matter? I take it that Senator Marriott, as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse, would like to complete his remarks. I take it that the Minister in charge would want to say something then.

The PRESIDENT - There is no Minister in charge. This is Business of the Senate.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Surely the Minister in this place who .represents the responsible Minister would want to say something.

The PRESIDENT - That is all right, provided the Senate agrees.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - How long will we be on this matter? It will be a lot longer than 10 minutes. I do not see any reason why the debate cannot be continued on another day.

The PRESIDENT - I am in the hands of the Senate. Senator Murphy moved the suspension of the Standing Orders to enable the Chairman of the Committee to conclude his remarks. The matter is in the hands of the Senate. It is not in the hands of the Government. It is Business of the Senate.

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