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Thursday, 22 August 1985
Page: 189

Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Resources and Energy)(4.11) —The Government will not be supporting the motion for the suspension of Standing Orders, not just because we were given as big a spray as the Opposition in the course of Senator Chipp's contribution, but, rather, because we take the view that urgency motions and matters of public importance are tedious enough at the best of times without getting into the extravagant further complications for debate that would arise if we started amending them and adding counter amendments. I am perfectly happy and I indicate that I am willing to address the substantive issues raised by Senator Chipp in the course of my own contribution to this debate, to the extent that I have time. For the record I indicate to him that the Government has no difficulty at all with propositions (a) or (b), which is the present motion, or proposition (d). We do have some difficulty with (c) and the final paragraph. However, I would not wish Senator Chipp or anyone else to think that we are so utterly at odds with the spirit of his motion, as his rather extravagant contribution might have led posterity to believe.