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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 897

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

Senator MURPHY - I give notice now so that honourable senators might give consideration to the matter between now and when the Senate sits again. I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

1.   That on Thursday, unless otherwise ordered:

(a)   The consideration of the reports of standing and select committees of the Senate be placed on the notice paper as Business of the Senate and, as such, shall take precedence of other business set down for such day;

(b)   The consideration of the reports shall take precedence on the notice paper pursuant to their date of presentation to the Senate; and

(c)   The maximum period each Thursday for the consideration of Reports of Committees, in accordance with this resolution, shall be 2 hours.

2.   That this Senate:

(a)   Declares its opinion that, following the presentation of a Report from a standing or select committee of the Senate which recommends action by the government the Government should, within the ensuing 3 months, table a paper informing the Senate of its observations and intentions with respect to such recommendations;

(b)   Resolves that the President communicate this resolution to the Government with a request that the foregoing procedure apply, from the date of the passing of this resolution, to reports already presented during the present session and, in respect of future reports, from the date of presentation of a report.

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