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Monday, 9 September 1996
Page: 3037


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate notes:

(a)   the following statements in relation to the granting of pairs in secret ballots made by senators during the debate on the election of the Deputy President on 20 August 1996, namely:

   (i)   Senator Hill's statement `Pairs are never given in secret ballots',

   (ii)   Senator Baume's interjection `Never for a secret ballot',

   (iii)   Senator Harradine's statement `In my time here it has never happened before', and

   (iv)   Senator Alston's statement `They have never been used in this chamber'; and

(b)   the record of the Senate Hansard for 21 April 1983 when Senator Kilgariff, the Opposition Whip, stated, following the election of the President `I wish to draw to your attention the fact that in the election that has just taken place it was necessary to ask for a pair for Senator Archer who is unable to attend the Senate today. This was provided by Senator Georges from the Government ranks'.