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Thursday, 20 March 1980
Page: 921

Senator RAE (Tasmania) - by leave- In the light of the statement by Senator Georges I would like to say that in no way did I move the motion tonight with a view to the matter not coming on. A considerable amount of work has been done to prepare a paper which I trust will reach the stage of being circulated to honourable senators prior to the motion coming on so that there is some basic document on which they can disagree, agree or make contributions, additions or what have you. That document has been held up by various matters, some of them beyond my control. I am looking forward to this matter coming on for debate. It is not with any intention that it not come on that I moved for it to be deferred, but rather that when it does come on we have the most effective debate we can on a matter which raises a whole series of questions in relation to the future of the Senate. When it does come on I would hope that it will occupy the time allowed for General Business on a Thursday night. I indicate to Senator Georges that I did tell a number of members of his party of my intention tonight.

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