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Wednesday, 27 November 1985
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Senator CHIPP (Leader of the Australian Democrats) —I seek leave to make a statement on the same issue.

Leave granted.

Senator CHIPP —I join Senator Durack in his registering a complaint about this matter. This involves not only item 4 but also item 5 and other similar matters on the list of papers. Item 5 is:

The Objectives, Achievements and Priorities in Environment, Conservation and Heritage-report, and the State of the Environment in Australia in 1985-report-together with the text of a statement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment relating to the reports made in the House of Representatives on 25 November.

Items 4 and 5 are extraordinarily important matters affecting Australia. The import of this is that, instead of honourable senators having 30 minutes in which to debate these very important matters, they will have their time reduced to five minutes each if they are lucky enough to even be called to speak. The chances are, looking at the list, that these matters will not even be brought on. I just want to register the Australian Democrats' protest along with that of the Liberal Party of Australia.