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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1532

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - I would accede to that. There should be a limit on how much longer the honourable senator may speak, but I am happy to let him proceed for a while.

Senator Byrne - Is a motion for an extension of time necessary? Would the honourable senator not be in order under the Standing Orders in speaking for longer than i hour? Is the i hour limit not an unofficial arrangement?

The PRESIDENT - It was an unofficial arrangement. The Standing Orders now provide that when the proceedings of the Senate are being broadcast the speeches of honourable senators shall be limited to i hour.

Senator COTTON - I will accede to the motion for the granting of an extension of time to Senator Cant. I will do so for 2 reasons. Firstly, there is not a large number of honourable senators in attendance in the Senate tonight. Obviously only those honourable senators who have a great interest in this subject are present. Secondly, I do not think the honourable senator will take unfair advantage of the privilege granted to him. Accordingly, I think the Senate would like to see him given a chance to continue his remarks.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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