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The Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Messner), at the request of the Attorney-General (Senator Durack) and pursuant to Notice of Motion not objected to as a Formal Motion, moved--

That leave be given to introduce a Bill for an Act relating to joint sittings of the Parliament.

Question--put and passed.

Bill presented, and on the motion of Senator Messner read a first time.

Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Messner, pursuant to contingent notice, moved--

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

Question--put and passed.

Senator Messner moved--That this Bill be now read a second time.

On the motion of Senator Gietzelt the debate was adjourned.

Ordered--That the resumption of debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.