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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1122

Senator WITHERS (Western AustraliaLeader of the Opposition) - The Opposition does not oppose the motion. As I have said in this chamber previously, if the Government wants to sit longer we will do our best to cooperate with it. If the Government has a heavy legislative program we only hope that we will get the Bills in time to enable us to give them proper consideration before they are dealt with in the Senate. I know that one of the troubles between the 2 Houses of the Parliament perhaps since 1901 has been that there always seems to be a legislative logjam in this place. Often Bills do not come quickly enough from the other place. We also realise that shortly the Manager of Government Business in the Senate (Senator Douglas McClelland) may well want to devote the whole of Thursday afternoons to Government Business. If that happens, that will be fair enough. We will just have to sit on Thursday nights in order to deal with General Business. As I have said, we do not oppose the motion.

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