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Friday, 16 December 1983
Page: 3985


Senator MARTIN(1.42) —Mr Chairman, I just want to get into the record a very brief statement of why we are using this form. We have a guillotine on the debate which does not include time for divisions. I am told by the Whips that the time for a division in the Senate is approximately eight minutes. The bells are rung for three minutes and then for several minutes we are actually counted. This Opposition, even with its grouping of amendments in moving more than one at a time, if it was to divide on all of those groups it would call for five divisions. There are some of Senator Harradine's amendments that we are supporting and some that we are not. If we were to divide on those we would obviously be here until really well into the evening. Now for reasons that are obvious to all honourable senators it was thought a more sensible arrangement, where we are clearly not going to win a division, to use this form of the Senate. That is just by way of explanation of why I am going to be moving that motion and why we are not calling for divisions.

Clauses agreed to.

Clauses 30 to 37.


The CHAIRMAN —The time allotted to these clauses is 15 minutes so the debate on them will end at 1.58 p.m.