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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2812

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - For the information of the Committee, the Family Law Bill being a Bill in which the party disciplines are not operating, I simply ask as to the extent to which there is knowledge that this Bill was being proceeded with at this hour?

Senator Murphy - I mentioned that at 10 o 'clock.

Senator GREENWOOD -This has taken a number of people by surprise. I know that on the Opposition side a number of honourable senators are interested in clause 26.I am reasonably confident that their absence from the chamber is due to the fact that they had no apprehension that the Bill was coming on at this hour. I think it is unreasonable that this should happen. I ask: Is there an arrangement which was made with anybody? I do not propose to tread on corns if an arrangement was made between my Leader and the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Murphy). If there is no such arrangement I think the matter ought to be reconsidered.

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