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Thursday, 25 June 2009
Page: 4278

Senator PARRY (10:45 AM) —I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT —Is leave granted?

Senator Abetz —Two minutes only!

The PRESIDENT —Leave is granted for two minutes only.

Senator PARRY —I thank my colleague for that. It has always been the coalition’s position to continue the debate on the CPRS if we have considered the bills deemed urgent and requested to be dealt with as urgent by the government. We are facilitating this today. We are very happy to return to the CPRS at any stage when these bills have been finished. We have negotiated with the government, once again, to give up our general business for today to facilitate the urgent bills that the government have requested be dealt with. We believe progress was made yesterday on those bills. If there is time permitting today and if the government want to go back to the CPRS, we are comfortable with doing that within hours that the Senate sits.