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Mr Wilkie presented the following paper:

Treaties—Joint Standing Committee—Report 55: Treaties tabled on 9 September 2003—Two agreements on taxation—United Kingdom and Mexico; Trade in Wine—European Union; Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands; ILO Convention No. 155—Occupational Safety and Health; Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants; Rotterdam Convention on Notification of Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides; Whaling Convention—Amendments to Schedule—Report, October 2003.

Ordered to be printed.

Mr Wilkie addressing the House—

Adjournment negatived

It being 4.30 p.m.—The question was proposed—That the House do now adjourn.

Mrs D. S. Vale (Minister for Veterans' Affairs) requiring the question to be put forthwith without debate—

Question—put and negatived.

Mr Wilkie, by leave, made a statement in connection with the report.

Mr Wilkie, by leave, moved—That the House take note of the report.

Mr Wilkie was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed.

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