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Wednesday, 12 May 1993
Page: 469

Senator HILL (Leader of the Opposition) (5.21 p.m.) —There is a rumour around that we might finally win one. At the risk of losing the Democrats at the last moment, I have to say that it is incredible—

The PRESIDENT —Order! You cannot speak to the amendment; you must just move it.

Senator HILL —It is very frustrating because Senator Bell spoke for 30 minutes after the Democrats debated that we should be restricted to 20. Of course, the Governor-General's speech went for an hour. Nevertheless, if we are to be restrained in this way, which is highly unsatisfactory, I will move the amendment I circulated, which will take out time for points of order and quorums in the calculation of the 20 minutes that will be allowed for speeches after this day. I move:

  After paragraph (1), insert the following paragraph:

  "(1A)The time taken to make and determine points of order shall not be regarded as part of the speaking time of a Senator.

   (1B)The time taken to form a quorum shall not be regarded as part of the speaking time of a Senator.".

  Amendment agreed to.

  Question put:

  That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.