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Thursday, 6 May 1993
Page: 305

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE (8.46 p.m.) —Mr Deputy President, might I ask for clarification from Senator Bourne. Did I understand her to say that she would support referring the matter to the Procedure Committee? If so, do I take it that by doing so she would be prepared to defer the Government's proposal—because to not do so is simply to pre-empt the motion—or, alternatively, move that the debate be adjourned to give her a proper opportunity to examine the amendment? I would have thought that course of action eminently sensible. If it has merit, it should be referred to the Procedure Committee. I am simply trying to find a sensible way of dealing with this matter. Senator Bourne seems to have a legitimate complaint when she says that she did not have the opportunity to consider it until just now. Let us adjourn the debate and give her a proper opportunity.

Senator Schacht —You've had 12 months, Noel.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —That is an eminently sensible proposition but, it seems to me, one that the Government would not wish to take up because it might prejudice its proposal.

  Question put:

  That the amendment (Senator Hill's) be agreed to.