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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2030

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no objection leave is granted.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONWhile recognising that the order of business is the prerogative of the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Murphy) and the Manager of Government Business in the Senate (Senator Douglas McClelland) and without in any way reflecting upon what I may subsequently do in respect of the Family Law Bill in an entirely different context from the present context, I suggest to Senator Murphy that having regard to the tremendous concern and interest as borne out by the number of petitions to the Senate in respect of the Family Law Bill, and also having in mind the nature of reporting of Senate proceedings, I ask him to consider bringing the Family Law Bill on tomorrow instead of today. Tomorrow our proceedings will be broadcast and I am sure that there would be a tremendous listening audience tomorrow which cannot listen to today's proceedings. Senator Murphy may say that the debate could well continue into tomorrow, and that is possible. However, in view of the interest which has been created in this measure some senators may prefer to speak on it tomorrow. Probably those speeches would be much shorter tomorrow in view of our half-hour rule on broadcast days.

Senator MURPHY(New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and

Excise)- It was arranged last week that the Family Law Bill would be brought on today and I do not see that those arrangements ought to be altered. In any event, the clauses of the Bill will have to be discussed and I am sure that whatever is said in the debate will be widely reported. There is such a great deal of public attention that the proceedings will be widely reported. I do not think we will see the end of this Bill in one day. The clauses of the Bill could well become more important for discussion than the second reading speech. Arrangements have been made. I have just now discussed the matter with Senator Douglas McClelland and I do not think it would be right to attempt any alteration.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON -What we are saying now does not prejudice what I may move in relation to the Bill.

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