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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2719

Senator WILLESEE (Western AustraliaMinister for Foreign Affairs) -I move:

That the Sessional Order relating to the days and times of meeting of the Senate be varied as follows:

(   1 ) That, unless otherwise ordered, the Senate shall sit on 29 November, 6 December and 13 December at 10 a.m.

(2)   The Sessional Order relating to the adjournment of the Senate take effect at 5 p.m. on Fridays.

The arguments for this motion are well known to honourable senators. If anybody has forgotten them he should look at the Hansard record over many years and he will see that this is something that happens towards the end of a session because it seems to be beyond the wit of man to stop the accumulation of legislation. The Government has a lot of legislation to put through. The reason for asking the Senate for an extension of the hours of sitting is to get as much legislation as possible through so that the Senate can adjourn at a reasonable time before Christmas. I commend the motion to the Senate.

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