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 9 SECTION 57 OF THE CONSTITUTION—MINISTERIAL STATEMENT—MOTION TO TAKE NOTE OF PAPER

Mr Howard (Prime Minister), by leave, made a ministerial statement on section 57 of the Constitution and presented the following paper:

Resolving Deadlocks: A discussion paper on section 57 of the Australian Constitution.

Mr Abbott (Leader of the House) moved—That the House take note of the paper.

Suspension of standing and sessional orders—Time for speech

Mr Abbott, by leave, moved—That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Crean (Leader of the Opposition) speaking for a period not exceeding 23 minutes.

Question—put and passed.

Mr Crean addressed the House.

Paper

Mr Crean, by leave, presented the following paper:

Constitutional reform and the resolution of parliamentary deadlock—Australian Labor Party policy discussion paper, October 2003.

Debate adjourned (Mr Lloyd), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.