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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1462

Senator TOWNLEY (Tasmania) -by leaveOn 30 August the Senate approved a request I made on behalf of the Select Committee on Civil Rights of Migrant Australians for an extension of time for the presentation of the Committee's report until the first sitting day in November 1973. We have since encountered further difficulties in that our program for the completion of hearings was disrupted by recent air transport problems. The delays in the production of the Hansard record of evidence, to which I referred in the Committee's interim report, hampered our deliberations but this difficulty has now been overcome thanks to special efforts by Hansard and the Government Printer. In view of these unexpected problems the Committee requests a further extension of time for the presentation of its report, which I am confident can still be presented during the current sittings of the Senate. I would add that while there are some witnesses still to present evidence, sections of the draft report which will not be affected by this evidence are in course of preparation.

The Committee proposes that its report be presented as soon as it is possible to do so, but rather than attach a date to this I would seek the Senate's agreement for the Committee's report to be presented prior to the conclusion of the present sittings of the Senate on the assumption that this will not eventuate before midDecember. I therefore ask leave to move a motion requesting an extension of time for the Committee to complete its task.

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