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Wednesday, 27 June 2001
Page: 28709

Mr REITH (Leader of the House) (3:34 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek your indulgence to make a statement about the sitting arrangements.

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the House may proceed.

Mr REITH —Thank you. I will be brief. There are, unfortunately, good prospects that the House may have to sit tomorrow night. The advice I have, as at a few minutes ago, is that the Senate are likely to sit late tomorrow night. That being the case, subject to the bills that they have before them and the likelihood of their coming back, there is a real chance that we will be sitting tomorrow night, and people should make arrangements accordingly. Obviously, from the government's perspective, we will try to negotiate a better outcome than that, but in the Senate it is more on the Labor Party than on us.