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Tuesday, 29 May 1984
Page: 2090


Senator MASON(12.04 a.m.) —I move:

That the Customs (Cinematograph Films) Regulations (Amendment), as contained in Statutory Rules 1983 No. 332 and made under the Customs Act 1901, be disallowed.

I merely wish to say that this motion has been moved rather than withdrawn because I think this is the best way to follow through the situation which is before us. A decision must, of course, be made on this matter tonight, otherwise the regulations will be disallowed. In that spirit I have moved the motion.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The question is: 'That the motion be agreed to'.


Senator Durack —I take a point of order. I thought we were debating as the major motion Order of the Day No. 1 and that the other matters were being dealt with cognately. We really do not want to have divisions on all these matters. I want the Senate to be quite clear on where the battle lines are drawn. I want to make sure that we divide on one of the issues. I understood that we have been debating for two days Order of the Day No. 1-the motion to disallow the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulation (Amendment)-and that the other notices of motion were simply to be moved formally. What are we doing?


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —So that the Senate is clear at this late hour, we have disposed of the motion to take note of the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances. We will now go through the business of the Senate and deal with the notices of motion in order. Notice of Motion No. 1 has just been moved by Senator Mason. I have to take the notices of motion in order. The Senate may divide or not divide as it chooses on the notices of motion.


Senator Durack —Have not we been debating for two days Order of the Day No. 1?


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —No, you have been debating the report of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee. The others have been taken cognately by leave of the Senate.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Mason's) be agreed to.