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Wednesday, 26 November 1980
Page: 38

Senator CARRICK (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate) - in reply - Because Senator Cavanagh has made the comments in the manner that he has, it is necessary for me to respond. Of course, this motion is moved with no disrespect whatsoever towards His Excellency. It is quite common, Mr President, for Government business to intervene. In fact it would be uncommon, if not unique, for it not so to do. But, more importantly, I have to say that this action was agreed to between the Whips of the Australian Labor Party and the Government to facilitate the next business of the Senate, and that is to allow the Labor Party, of which Senator Cavanagh is a member, to proceed with its motion of urgency. Therefore, there was an understanding between us so to do. Equally, I wish to say that there is an understanding that we will complete the Address-in-Reply during the course of this two-week sitting and be able to present it to His Excellency probably in more record time than in the past.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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