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Wednesday, 19 June 1996
Page: 1838


Senator CHRIS EVANS —by leave—Madam Acting Deputy President, I rise on a point of order, and you might be able to help me here. I think the opposition and the Democrats had the understanding, certainly I did, that we were proceeding with the taxation bill straight after question time. So Senator Brownhill's contribution came somewhat as a surprise to me as I was expecting Senator Kernot, as she was, to continue on the taxation bill. I was going to suggest that we might delay the committee stage of the bill at least for some time to allow me to get Senator Cook and others who want to participate in the debate into the chamber, if the government intends pursuing that matter immediately.