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Tuesday, 12 November 1985
Page: 1965


Senator VIGOR —I seek leave to move that the Senate take note of all the papers on the list incorporated earlier by Senator Grimes. Perhaps I may explain why I seek to do this. The papers tabled today were only available to us some half an hour before this period. In regard to such important reports as those of the Department of Finance, the Snowy Mountains Council and a number of treaties which I have not had a chance to look at at this stage, it seems that the Senate is not being taken very seriously if we are expected to speak on these within half an hour of receiving the papers. I am quite happy if any members of the Senate wish to speak on these papers, but I would like to make certain that proper consideration can be given to each of the papers and that they are added to the list that is going to be considered on the next day of General Business.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Is leave granted for a motion to be moved to take note of all these papers simultaneously?


Senator Grimes —What is the situation with other senators? Do any of them wish to speak to some of these papers?


Senator VIGOR —It does not stop them.

Leave granted.


Senator VIGOR —I move:

That the Senate take note of all the papers.

I seek leave to continue my remarks later on the next day of General Business.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Is leave granted for Senator Vigor to continue his remarks later? It would adjourn the debate on all the papers.


Senator VIGOR —No, Mr Deputy President. I am quite happy that anybody else should speak.


Senator Grimes —Senator Vigor may be quite happy, but the effect of seeking to continue one's remarks later is to adjourn the debate on all the papers.


Senator VIGOR —Then I will not seek leave to continue my remarks later.


Senator Chaney —Since I am sure that Senator Vigor is simply trying to be helpful to all honourable senators, Mr Deputy President, could you call on the papers one by one and, if no one rises, Senator Vigor could then move the adjournment motion.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —That would be more sensible, but Senator Vigor sought, and has been granted, leave to-


Senator Chaney —I think Senator Vigor would be happy to follow that procedure.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Senator Vigor, you sought and were granted leave to move a motion to take note of all of these papers simultaneously. Do you wish to pursue that course?


Senator VIGOR —And that they be discussed.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The motion that they all be taken note of allows them to be discussed. The question is:

That the Senate take note of all the papers.


Senator Chaney —Could I ask Senator Vigor to withdraw his motion?


Senator VIGOR —I would be prepared to do that.

Motion-by leave-withdrawn.