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Thursday, 12 September 1996
Page: 3354

Senator BOLKUS(9.42 a.m.) —by leave—In some informal discussions yesterday, it was quite apparent that the government would need some time to consider this proposed resolution and to consider their position.

Senator Hill —We don't want time.

Senator BOLKUS —No, I did have an opportunity to talk to Senator Hill very briefly yesterday and put to him that maybe they would like some time. The motivation behind deferring this is to give some time to the government to work out their position. If you do not want time now, that is one thing. If you do not want as much time, that is another thing.

I say to you, Senator Hill, that you are accusing me of hounding Senator Ferris. But the hounding is really coming from your party and from within your party in South Australia. This issue would not have had any sort of legs at all had it not been for the degree of hounding that has been going on there. The intention on our side has been to give the government some time to consider its position here. That was the motivation behind this. If the government would like to defer this, for instance, to the next day of sitting, that is something we can do. If you want to go ahead today, we can go ahead today.