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Tuesday, 29 October 1996
Page: 4651


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —In a point of order yesterday, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Faulkner, sought an explanation as to why some notices of motion were not listed under the item `Discovery of formal business' on the red. I indicated that I would have the matter investigated.

As senators are aware, the red is issued as a guide to the business which it is expected that the Senate will deal with on a particular day. It is finalised usually after the whips have met to consider the business proposed for that day. I have been advised that it has been the practice for some years now to list notices of motion at placing of business where the mover has given the whips a firm indication of his or her intention to postpone the notice and if no objection is raised to the postponement. Such notices have not also been listed under discovery of formal business on the basis that they will have been postponed by the time discovery of formal business is reached in the routine of business and, therefore, are not available for discovery.

I have been advised that, if there is any doubt as to whether a notice is to be postponed or if it is likely that the postponement may be opposed, the notice will then be listed under discovery of formal business.