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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 791

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Health) (4.27) - I move:

That order of the day, notice of motion No. 1, be made an order of the day for the next day of sitting. 1 will give my reasons for proposing the motion, Senator Cavanagh can respond and we can then decide what we shall do. The reason why I do not want to deal with Senator Cavanagh's motion today is that it seeks to refer to the Standing Committee on Social Environment certain petitions that have been presented to the Senate. Many of these petitions have been presented in the last few days. Senator Cavanagh has presented some yesterday and six or seven were presented today. I have been informed by Government senators that they wish to present petitions. In fact,I have in my own office a petition on the same matter and I am having it processed for the purpose of being presented by one of my own members. Government senators and I take the view that having regard to the nature of things it would not be appropriate today for Senator Cavanagh, if he intends to seek to go into the substance of this matter - and no doubt this would be a matter for the Chair to determine-- to move this motion. But if Senator Cavanagh merely wants to refer this matter to the Committee I could understand and perhaps live with that. But if he intends to argue the substance I shall ask that it be stood over today. In any event, my own senators want to present petitions. Indeed, they would need to have regard to the matter of substance that the honourable senator would want to put in debating this matter. This is the normal procedure. On the other hand, if Senator Cavanagh merely wants to refer this matter to the Committee I think we could carry the motion on the voices.

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