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Friday, 18 August 1989
Page: 379

Senator HARRADINE —Mr President, I seek leave to make a statement in respect of the granting of leave. I do not want to refuse leave, but I was informed only a few minutes ago that leave was being sought for this matter to be taken as formal.

Leave granted.

Senator HARRADINE —I do not wish to refuse leave for notice of motion 345 to be taken as formal but I was advised only a few minutes ago that the motion was going to be declared formal. If a motion is declared formal, of course, it is put without debate and there is no opportunity to amend. It is important for honourable senators to have adequate time to consider the text of motions to be able to give an informed consent. This notice refers to the United Nations Security Council and suggests that Australia support the United Nations Security Council resolution and the statement by the 12 members of the European Community. One really would want to know what those resolutions are. I have a broad understanding of what they are, but I simply rise to request, as a courtesy, that honourable senators who want to have their motions declared formal give maybe eight or nine hours notice or give notice on the day before so that honourable senators can bone up on it. I do not refuse leave.

The PRESIDENT —Is there any objection to Senator Hill's notice of motion being taken as formal? There being no objection, I call Senator Hill.

Motion (by Senator Hill) agreed to:

That the Senate-

(a) expresses its continued distress and sorrow at the unremitting violence and casualties in Lebanon;

(b) supports the UN Security Council resolution and the statement by the 12 members of the European Community calling for all parties, including Syria, to agree to an immediate and total cease fire;

(c) calls on the Australian Government to support current international efforts at conciliation; and

(d) recommends that, in the event of a cease fire being realised, the Arab League be asked to recommence its efforts to find a formula in order that a unified and peaceful Lebanon might be achieved.