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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1118

Senator WITHERS - My question is directed to the Manager of Government Business in the Senate. I refer to discussions we have had over the restoration of pairs in this chamber. I ask: Is the Minister in a position to state that, if the Opposition agrees to the restoration of pairs under the normal arrangements between Whips, a pair once granted will not be cancelled?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) Following the discussions that I- in my capacity as Manager of Government Business in the

Senate- have had with the Leader of the Opposition, the Leader of the Australian Country Party and the Whips in this chamber, I discussed the matter yesterday with my colleague, the Leader of the Government in the Senate and also my other Government Senate colleagues. I can now advise the Leader of the Opposition and the Senate that as from today the Government will agree to pairs being arranged officially between the Whips. The machinery for the arranging of the pairs will be the responsibility of the Whips. Pair arrangements that are agreed to by the Whips will be recognised by me in my capacity as Manager of Government Business in the Senate. I sincerely trust, as I am sure all members of the Senate do, that an effective working arrangement for pairs can now be attended to.

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