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Thursday, 31 October 1974
Page: 2195

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I move:

That unless otherwise ordered, the sitting of the Senate be suspended from 12 noon until approximately 4.45 p.m., to enable Estimates Committees A, B and G to meet.

The Committees are scheduled to meet at 12 noon. Committee A will meet in the Senate chamber, Committee B in Senate Committee Room No. 1 and Committee G in Senate Committee Room No. 3. May 1 say that, whilst the Committees are scheduled to meet at 12 noon, I suggest that they meet as soon after 12 noon as possible.

Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson - Mr Deputy President,may I ask for some clarification? The Senate is to reassemble at a quarter to five this afternoon. The Manager of Government Business in the Senate has not given any indication when Parliament will re-assemble after we rise other than on 12 November. I did not hear him make any clarifying statement as to what the procedure will be when we re-assemble at 4.45 p.m. in relation to the remainder of the day.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I did not do that on this occasion but I was under the impression that I had done it earlier. We reassemble at 4.45 p.m. for the purpose of an adjournment debate of the Senate. But in the event of any of the Estimates Committees not having completed their deliberations they will resume the deliberations on those estimates after the adjournment debate of the Senate has concluded. It is the desire of the Government to see all Estimates Committees complete their business this week so that when we return to the Senate on Tuesday, 12 November, the reports of the Committees will be able to be placed before the Senate Committee of the whole.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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