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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1123

Senator MURPHY -Perhaps because of the reasonableness of the persons who constitute the Committee.

Senator Webster - I thought that you would consider it as frustration, seeing that you had it in for so long.

Senator MURPHY -I will answer the honourable senator by saying that the reference to the Committee was framed specially not to impede the progress of the Bill. If the honourable senator refers to the previous motion and to this motion he will see that they refer to the clauses of the Bill and not to the Bill itself. This present motion is perfectly consistent with the debate on the second reading of the Bill proceeding because the Bill has not been referred; it has merely been the clauses that have been referred. So it cannot be said that consideration of the clauses by the Committee is preventing consideration of the Bill by the Senate.

Senator Webster - If you hold up the clauses it is all right?

Senator MURPHY -No, it is not holding up anything. Consistently with this motion the Senate could engage upon a discussion of the Bill and, if it so wished, pass the whole Bill. There is nothing to stop the Senate proceeding with its consideration of the Bill. Indeed, I might discuss this matter with other people. It might well be that the principle of the BUI could be discussed by the Senate as soon as a convenient opportunity arose, even before the presentation of the Committee's report. I hope that sufficiently answers what Senator Webster raised. I request the Senate to agree to this motion.

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