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QUESTIONS

Questions without notice were answered.

Document: Senator Vanstone, by leave, tabled the following document:

Western Australian Royal Commission--Minister's legal costs--Copy of

memorandum of advice from AJH Morris QC--Payment of legal expenses of

the Honourable Dr. Carmen Lawrence M.H.R. in connection with the

Western Australian Royal Commission, dated 29 August 1995.

Further questions without notice were answered.

Documents: The Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate

(Senator Boswell), by leave, tabled the following documents:

Rural sector--Drought--

Copy of news release by the New South Wales Farmers' Association,

dated--

31 August 1994.

15 November 1994.

Copy of resolution on fodder subsidy, Cattle Council of Australia to

Steve Oxley, dated 5 December 1994.

Further questions without notice were answered.

The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Gareth Evans) asked

that further questions be placed on notice.

Suspension of standing orders: Senator Margetts, pursuant to contingent

notice, moved--That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would

prevent Senator Margetts moving a motion that questions may be put to

Ministers until 28 questions, including supplementary questions, have

been asked and answered.

Senator Alston moved the following amendment:

Omit ", including supplementary questions,".

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 35

Abetz Alston Baume Boswell Brownhill Calvert Campbell Chamarette Chapman Coulter Crane Ferguson Gibson Harradine Herron Kemp Knowles Lees Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy McGauran Margetts O'Chee Panizza (Teller) Patterson Reid Short Spindler Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Vanstone Watson Woods

NOES, 27

Beahan Bell Bolkus Bourne Carr Childs Coates Collins, Bob Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Denman Devereux Evans, Christopher Evans, Gareth Faulkner Forshaw Jones (Teller) Kernot McKiernan Murphy Neal Ray Schacht Wheelwright Woodley

Question agreed to.

Senator Margetts moved--That questions may be put to Ministers until 28

questions have been asked and answered.

Senator Harradine moved the following amendment:

Omit "28 questions", substitute "12 additional questions, including

supplementary questions".

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 33

Beahan Bell Bolkus Bourne Carr Chamarette Childs Coates Collins, Bob Colston Cook Cooney Coulter Crowley Denman Devereux Evans, Christopher Evans, Gareth Faulkner Forshaw Harradine Jones (Teller) Kernot Lees McKiernan Margetts Murphy Neal Ray Schacht Spindler Wheelwright Woodley

NOES, 29

Abetz Alston Baume Boswell Brownhill Calvert (Teller) Campbell Chapman Crane Ferguson Gibson Herron Kemp Knowles Macdonald, Ian Macdonald, Sandy McGauran O'Chee Panizza Patterson Reid Short Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Vanstone Watson Woods

Question agreed to.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.

Further questions without notice were answered.

General Business was called on.