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Tuesday, 8 October 1996
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Senator CHRIS EVANS(6.20 p.m.) —I seek some clarification. We have an agreed speakers list that the govern ment does not seem to be meeting. I would like some explanation as to whether or not the government is going to provide speakers as agreed on this list. We have some confusion on our side. Senator Boswell was down to speak and has not. I have undertaken to provide our speakers or replacements for those people who want to drop off, but we do not intend to replace government speakers as well. The agreement for tonight was that we go to midnight on the agreed speakers list.

Senator Hill —If you don't speak, you miss altogether.

Senator CHRIS EVANS —I would just like some indication as to what the government is doing here. We are finding that people are disappearing off the speakers list. Are they returning or are you withdrawing your speakers? Are you expecting us to maintain the whole speaking list for the evening? If that is the case, it is rather late notice. I want some clarification as to what is happening.