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SESSIONAL ORDERS-VARIATION

The Manager of Government Business (Senator Grimes), by leave, moved-That certain Sessional Orders be amended to read as follows: (1) Days and Hours of Meeting: Unless otherwise ordered, the days and hours of meeting of the Senate shall be Tuesdays at 2 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

(2) Suspension of Sittings: Unless otherwise ordered, on Wednesdays, the sittings of the Senate, or of a Committee of the Whole, shall be suspended from 12.45 p.m. till 2 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. till 8 p.m.

(3) Adjournment of the Senate: Unless otherwise ordered, at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7.30 p.m. on Thursdays the President shall put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate; if the Senate be in Committee at that hour, the Chairman shall in like manner put the Question-That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate; and upon such report being made the President shall forthwith put the Question-That the Senate do now adjourn-which Question shall be open to debate: Provided that if the Senate or the Committee be in Division at the time named, the President or the Chairman shall not put the Question referred to till the result of such Division has been declared; and if the business under discussion shall not have been disposed of at such adjournment it shall appear on the Notice Paper for the next sitting day.

(4) Routine of Business: Notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders and unless otherwise ordered, the Senate shall proceed with its ordinary business in the following routine:

Tuesdays: 1. Petitions

2. Notices of Motion

3. Questions

4. Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

5. Presentation of Government Papers and consideration pursuant to Sessional Order

6. Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

7. Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

8. Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Wednesdays: 1. Petitions

2. Notices of Motion

3. Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

4. Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

5. Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

6. At 2 p.m., Questions

7. Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

8. Presentation of Government Papers and consideration pursuant to Sessional Order

9. Consideration of Committee Reports, pursuant to Sessional Order

10. Further Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

Thursdays: 1. Petitions

2. Notices of Motion

3. Any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64

4. Presentation of Government Papers and consideration pursuant to Sessional Order

5. Formal Motions-Discovery of Formal Business

6. Postponement and re-arrangement of Business

7. Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

8. At 2 p.m., Questions

9. General Business

10. Motions and Orders of the Day, or vice versa, as set down on the Notice Paper

(5) Government and General Business-Precedence: On all sitting days of the Senate, unless otherwise ordered, Government Business shall take precedence of General Business, except that General Business shall take precedence of Government Business on Thursdays after Questions until the expiration of 2 1/2 hours or until there is no further debate; and that, unless otherwise ordered, General Business Orders of the Day shall take precedence of General Business Notices of Motion on alternate Thursdays.

(6) Consideration of Government Papers: Unless otherwise ordered, and notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing and Sessional Orders: 1. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays after Questions and any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64 and on Thursdays after Notices and any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64, Papers may be presented by Ministers. Upon the presentation of such Papers a motion may be moved, without notice, that the Senate take note of one, or several, of the Papers.

2. The debate on any motion moved pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be conducted as follows: (a) No Senator shall speak for more than 5 minutes;

(b) If debate pursuant to this Sessional Order is not concluded it shall be interrupted after 30 minutes, and the Senate shall proceed to the consideration of the Business of the Day;

(c) If the debate is adjourned or interrupted by Sessional Order, a motion may be moved for the resumption of the debate either for the Thursday of that week at the time for the consideration of General Business, or for the next day of sitting; and

(d) On Thursdays, at the commencement of General Business: (i) when an Order of the Day is called on under this Sessional Order, Senators who have previously spoken may speak again for 5 minutes;

(ii) motions without notice may be moved to take note of Government Papers tabled during the current sitting week and in relation to which no such motion has previously been moved: Provided that debate under this Sessional Order shall be interrupted after 1 hour.

3. Where debates on motions moved under the provisions of this Sessional Order are adjourned until the next day of sitting and are called on in the normal course of business, Senators who have spoken to the motions under the provisions of this Sessional Order may speak again for the time allowed under Standing Order 407A.

(7) Consideration of Committee Reports 1. Notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders, and unless otherwise ordered, where in any week there are Orders of the Day for the resumption of debate on motions for the consideration or adoption of reports of Committees: (a) on Wednesdays after Questions, any proposal pursuant to Standing Order 64 and consideration of Government Papers pursuant to Sessional Order, Orders of the Day relating to reports of Committees presented to the Senate during that week shall be severally called on, in the order in which the respective reports were presented;

(b) if there were no Committee reports presented during that week, or if debate on motions relating to such reports concludes before the expiration of one hour, Orders of the Day relating to Committee reports presented prior to that week shall then be severally called on in an order which is the reverse of the order in which the respective reports were presented;

(c) in any debate on such motions so called on, each Senator may speak for not more than 10 minutes; and

(d) any debate pursuant to this Sessional Order shall be interrupted after the expiration of one hour.

2. Provided that, where debate on any motion debated under the provisions of this Sessional Order is adjourned or is interrupted under the provisions of this Sessional Order, Senators who have spoken to such motion under the provisions of this Sessional Order may speak again to the motion for the time allowed under Standing Order 407A when the debate on the motion is again called on in the normal course of business.

(8) That the foregoing Resolutions have effect from Tuesday, 30 August 1983, and cease to have effect on the first sitting day after 22 September 1983.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moved an amendment, viz: Paragraph 1, leave out ''2 p.m.'', insert ''2.30 p.m.''.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the words proposed to be left out be left out-put.

The Senate divided

AYES, 28

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard (Teller) Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Martin Missen Rae, Peter Reid Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 34

Senators- Bolkus Childs Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Cook Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Georges Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Hearn Jones McClelland McIntosh Macklin Maguire Mason Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Main Question-put and passed.