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Wednesday, 16 October 1985
Page: 1351


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(5.35) —in reply-The only reason I rise again is that Senator Siddons made an inquiry of me. In my motion I did not try to set a time limit, but simply said that it should be done as soon as possible. If there is any undue delay, there are, of course, other ways that the Democrats could bring this matter forward in a more conventional sense by giving some form of notice of motion in the normal way, making a speech on the adjournment, or using some General Business time. It is not the wish of the Opposition to obstruct the Democrats in any way in bringing forward for discussion propositions of this sort. We are concerned about the procedure and possible extension of this technique in a way that would be undesirable and which we would want to guard against. As a member of the Standing Orders Committee, I would be pleased to participate in an early meeting so that the matter can be considered quickly and a response given to the Senate.