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Wednesday, 3 May 1989
Page: 1689


Senator BUTTON (Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce)(3.13) —I wish to move the following motion:

That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing or Sessional Orders, in any debate on a motion to take note of the Interim Report of Rothwells Ltd, a Senator shall speak for not more than 15 minutes and, if the debate is not sooner concluded, at the expiration of 2 hours the Question shall then be put.


Senator Chaney —Mr President, I wish to make a minor amendment to that motion as we may wish to come back to the debate on this matter. Instead of `the Question shall then be put', we should insert:

. . . if the debate is not sooner concluded . . . the debate on the Question shall then be adjourned and made an order of the day for the next day of sitting.


The PRESIDENT —Is the Leader of the Government prepared to accept that amendment?


Senator BUTTON —I accept that amendment.


Senator Chaney —The Minister is acting in good faith. I have not seen the motion myself but I believe that many honourable senators who would have liked to speak will not be able to. Whether we get back to debating this issue is something which will have to be subsequently determined.


Senator BUTTON —I move:

That, notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing or Sessional Orders, in any debate on a motion to take note of the Interim Report on Rothwells Ltd, a Senator shall speak for not more than 15 minutes and, if the debate is not sooner concluded, at the expiration of 2 hours the debate on the Question shall then be adjourned and made an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.

Question resolved in the affirmative.