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Wednesday, 22 August 2001
Page: 26416

Senator BOLKUS (6:41 PM) — by leave—The opposition also support the amendment in order to give consideration to the issues raised by the Democrats. In respect of the second part of the amendment, though, we anticipate that there may be some pitfalls in doing what the Australian Democrats would like us to do. We give it passage in respect of the second part in order to air some of the pluses and minuses of it, but we also share the concern expressed by Senator Ridgeway about ATSI heritage legislation.

Amendment agreed to.

Senator Hill —I understand that the Labor Party want to divide on the second reading. It was put to me that that will obviously take some time, and I am wondering whether it would assist the chamber if some process were agreed to that would allow the division to take place tomorrow rather than today. If a motion could be moved to postpone the division on the second reading until the next day of sitting, I think that would serve my purpose.

Senator O'Brien —In relation to the proceedings this evening, there was an understanding that at 6.40 p.m. we would proceed to certain other business—a message and a response to a return to order—which would have enabled at least some time to be spent dealing with the return to order subject. That time is no longer available, so I do not see any reason why we should curtail the second reading division. We might as well have it now as tomorrow.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESI-DENT —I put the question that the motion that these bills be now read a second time, as amended, be agreed to.