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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 301


Senator CROWLEY (Minister for Family Services) (10.14 a.m.) —On behalf of the government, I oppose this motion for the suspension of standing orders by Senator Campbell. The process of management of the documentation around this matter is under control. It has already been dealt with in this place and there is absolutely no urgency or need to seek a suspension today to interrupt those other matters of legislation and business which were so passionately articulated by Senator Ian Macdonald a mere moment ago.

  Perhaps Senator Macdonald can use the possible suspension time to get his head around other matters, but I believe this motion for suspension is without any substance at all. It is quite clearly a standard opposition ploy. I note that Senator Bourne will be supporting the suspension in the firm hope that it will be a very short debate. I can read how the numbers go in this place, too. I want to make it clear that the government opposes this motion.

  Question put:

  That the motion (Senator Campbell's) be agreed to.