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Senator Vigor, pursuant to notice, moved-That the Sessional Order of 22 February 1985 relating to the consideration of Government Papers be amended by adding after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph:

""(2a) Where a statement by a Minister is presented and a motion is moved to take note of that statement in accordance with paragraph (1), the time taken by debate on that motion shall be disregarded for the purpose of the limitation of time provided by paragraph 2 (b).''.

Debate ensued.

The Minister for Education (Senator Ryan) moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ""be'' (first occurring), insert, ""referred to the Standing Orders Committee.''.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 53

Senators- Alston Archer Aulich Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Black Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Coates Coleman Colston Cook Cooney Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Elstob Evans Foreman Giles Grimes Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hamer Jones Knowles Lewis McClelland MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Ray Reid Reynolds Richardson Ryan Sheil (Teller) Short Sibraa Tate Teague Townley Vanstone Walters Watson Withers Zakharov


Senators- Haines Mason Powell Sanders Vigor (Teller)

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question-That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted-put and passed.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.