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Friday, 26 May 1989
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Senator ROBERT RAY (Manager of Government Business in the Senate)(9.19) —in reply-I guess one would not dispute with Senator Harradine the desirability of giving rights to individual senators to pursue private legislation. As Manager of Government Business, I say that maybe that should not be at the expense of a very limited amount of time for Government Business. I do not think we can argue that Government Business gets a high percentage of time in this place, either, by the time we take into account papers and the ongoing tendency to move disallowance motions or discuss notices of motion the day after they are given through the suspension of standing orders. These days one does not even have to move for the suspension of standing orders. The threat is good enough to have the matter brought on. I think Government Business should take precedence in the next three weeks. It does not deflect from any of Senator Harradine's points about the rights of senators. There are many private business matters on the Notice Paper. It would be very nice to be able to go through them. If I took a poll to see who wanted to come back for three weeks in the middle of July to do so, I doubt that I would get his vote.

Question resolved in the affirmative.