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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 864

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Health) - I ask for leave to make a statement before moving a motion.

The PRESIDENT - Is leave granted? There, being no objection leave is granted.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - Senator Murphy asked me a question several days ago about the anticipated programme of the Senate. I indicated that it was anticipated that if we did not receive any other messages to deal with by the time we concluded this afternoon, we would be able to deal with general business tonight and that I would then move that we rise until 11th April. The situation is that we have 2 Bills on the notice paper which I would want us to deal with today. 1 anticipate that we would be able to dispose of them this afternoon. If that were so, I would move to adjourn the Senate until 11th April, unless otherwise ordered. If, in fact, we. cannot dispose of these 2 Bills I will move another motion for the purpose of re-assembling next Tuesday. I want to dispose of the Bills today. I think most honourable senators feel that we would be able to dispose of them this afternoon or tonight.

Senator Byrne - What are the Bills?

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONThey are the States Grants (Independent Schools) Bill 1972 and the States Grants (Capital Assistance Bill) 1972. They are complementary Bills.

Senator Byrne - They are on the notice paper.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - They are 2 Bills that we received yesterday.

Senator Wheeldon - Will they be, dealt with in a cognate debate?

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONYes. That will bring us to the stage of dealing with general business tonight. If it is proposed to deal with general business, we will debate the proposed appointment of a joint select committee to deal with Commonwealth and State revenue. That is an adjourned debate and I understand that Senator Durack would resume the debate. Perhaps that is a matter that could be left for discussion between the leaders of the parties this afternoon.

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