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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1481

Senator GEORGES (Queensland) - I am surprised that the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Carrick) has not allowed a reasonable request for an extension of time to be granted. He appears to confuse the issue by referring to the calls to form quorums in the chamber. I do not think that, in the circumstances, there have been too many calls for quorums when one considers that the Government has taken the view of late that it is not responsible for maintaining the necessary attendance in the House. I will suggest to the Leader of the Government the easiest way to deal with this matter. Sufficient time is available. Although the Leader of the Government in the Senate may not be aware of it, the program has been unexpectedly altered for the convenience of both sides of the House. I am not saying that it has been altered for the convenience of the Government or anyone else. A substantial pan of today's program has been altered and we will be able to debate the motions for the first readings of money Bills. I will suggest to Senator McClelland that if he is not given an extension of time, he can always take up his speech later at the first reading stage of a money Bill and say a little more than he would normally have said at this time. I suggest that the Leader of the Government accept the motion and save us the trouble of dividing on this motion.

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