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Wednesday, 12 May 1993
Page: 467

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE (5.08 p.m.) —I move:

  Omit out all words after "That", insert:

  "the matter of a Senator's appropriate speaking rights in debate on the second reading of a bill be referred to the Procedure Committee for inquiry and report on or before the first sitting day of the budget sittings 1993".

  The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Chapman)—Senator Crichton-Browne, we do not have your amendment before us. For the benefit of honourable senators could you explain the nature of it, as briefly as you can.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —I would be pleased to. This may well be the last time I will be able to speak for half an hour in one go, without the indulgence of the whole Senate.

Senator Kernot —Nobody has taken away the Committee of the Whole.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —Pardon?

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Senator Crichton-Browne, under the standing orders you are not entitled to speak at all; we just want you to tell us which amendment you are dealing with. That was the purpose of my request.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —The amendment proposes that the matter be referred to the Procedure Committee for an enquiry, and for it to report back on or before the first day of the Budget sittings in 1993. It is a short exercise. I repeat, for the benefit of the Australian Democrats, that this matter will be referred back on or before the first day of the Budget sittings for 1993. So it will be dealt with in a very short time, like Senator Collins's inquiry. All the papers, reports and information will be available so that honourable senators will be able to make a judgment accordingly.

  Question put:

  That the amendment (Senator Crichton-Browne's) be agreed to.