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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 1371

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Health) (12.11) - I move:

That the sitting of the Senate be suspended until S.30 p.m. and that Estimates Committees B and D meet during the suspension.

Mr President,perhaps I should indicate at this stage the proposed programme for this evening. It has been indicated to me that there is a desire to sit tonight and discuss certain items listed under General Business. In response to an understanding I gave to the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Senator Willesee), I propose to suggest to the Senate at 8 o'clock tonight when General Business is called on that we go through the items listed under General Business and Orders of the Day in the notice paper and, if it is the will of the Senate, remove those items which have become redundant or which have become dated. Those items which any honourable senator wants to be left on the notice paper will be left on it. But where it is unanimously agreed that certain items should be removed from it, I think we should dispose of them in that manner. In that way we would be able to clear up the items listed in the notice paper under General Business and Orders of the Day.

After that has been done 1 propose to have called on item No. 12 under General Business, which is in the name of the Leader of the Opposition and which is a matter of particular interest to all honourable senators. It relates to the question of the examination of committee reports. I do not want to canvass that item at this stage. I repeat that after the notice paper has been cleaned up in respect to both of the heads to which I have referred I think the Senate should deal with item No. 12. After the Leader of the Opposition has put his case the Government will give its view. Discussion will then continue on that item. I do not propose to call on item No. 13 if the discussion on item No. 12 is concluded.

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