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Tuesday, 7 May 1985
Page: 1767


Mr YOUNG (Leader of the House)(6.03) —I move:

That so much of standing order 48A, as amended by sessional order, be suspended as would prevent (a) Mr Speaker proposing the question-That the House do now adjourn-at 10.15 p.m.; (b) Mr Speaker interrupting the debate at 11 p.m., and (c) a Minister requiring that the debate be extended until 11.10 p.m., on each Wednesday, for the remainder of this period of sittings.

The passing of this motion will mean that the Parliament will, if necessary, sit on Wednesday evenings for the next three weeks. It is not unusual, following an election, for the legislative program to get busier towards the end of the first session of Parliament. That is exactly what has happened on this occasion. This is the best of the options open to the Government, particularly, as I have explained to the shadow Leader of the House, as there are three major statements that have to be made. The other option would be to sit longer into the night, to which, I think, all of us are opposed. It is not possible for the Parliament to sit beyond the third week, because of the Premiers Conference that must be held. The Government obviously will be involved in that. So, in order to give honourable members an opportunity to debate the Bills which will come before the House over the next three weeks, we move merely to take advantage of the Wednesday evenings, which previously in this session have been free, and, if necessary, we will sit on those evenings for the purpose of getting legislation through.