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Friday, 16 December 1983
Page: 3968


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition) —by leave-I do not wish to waste the brief time that we have for questions and other business before the Senate. Just before Question Time, however, Senator Button advised me of his intention to guillotine the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 (No. 2). In those circumstances I have agreed, on behalf of the Opposition, that we will go along with a shorter Question Time on the clear understanding from Senator Button that that was not to be taken as any sort of precedent and that he would not seek to use it as a precedent. Secondly, we agreed to sit through lunch time . Thirdly, we said that we were opposed to the guillotining of the Sex Discrimination Bill. I made those concessions because the Opposition was told that the Government had the support of the Australian Democrats and therefore the motion for the guillotine would be carried. In those circumstances it is the clear wish of the Opposition that there should be an opportunity to debate the very contentious amendments before us and the Opposition seeks to maximise the time available to us for debate on the Bill.