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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson) proposes by paragraph (2) (c) of his motion that the quorum of a standing committee be 4. I move:

That paragraph (2) (c) be left out.

If that proposition is agreed to the quorum would be left at 3 as is already provided.

Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson - I have no objection to that proposal.



Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSON (New South Wales - Minister for Supply) (10.20) - We come to the matter of contention. I have moved a motion for the appointment of 2 committees as set out in paragraph (2) (d), of the motion. Senator Little has moved an amendment which reads:

In paragraph 2 (d), leave out proposed subparagraph (ii), insert:

(ii)   The Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations (this shall include finance for States, statutory authorities and local government);'.

This amendment deletes the Standing Committee on Social Environment. That will be the first vote to be taken.

Senator Byrne - It is only a matter of putting that amendment to a vote now.

Senator Murphy - That is that the words Standing Committee on Social Environment be deleted from the motion with a view to inserting the amendment moved by Senator Little?

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONYes, that is the motion.

Question put:

That the words proposedto be left out (Senator Little's amendment) be left out.

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