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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 598


Senator BYRNE (QUEENSLAND) - I think that there has been a slight misunderstanding. This course of action was agreed to. Senator DrakeBrockman is correct. But I think I said that I would discuss the matter with my colleagues. Whilst an announcement has been made about a rural bank, until it becomes a reality we would prefer to retain this order of the day on the notice paper.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - As there is an objection, I seek leave to withdraw the motion.

Motion - by leave - withdrawn.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Order of the day No. 20 in the name of Senator Willesee relates to wheat sales to China. I move:

That General Business, order of the day No. 20, be discharged from the notice paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Order of the day No. 21 relates to a ministerial statement on the Australian environment and the motion that the Senate take note of the statement. I suggest that the Senate agree to the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Order of the day No. 22 deals with the report of the Australian Delegation to the InterParliamentary Union Conference in Paris and the motion that the Senate take note of the report. I suggest that the Senate agree to the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Order of the day No. 25 relates to a ministerial statement on the report of the National Radiation Advisory Committee and the motion that the Senate take note of the statement. I suggest that the Senate agree to the motion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I now refer to General Business, notice of motion No. 3, standing in the name of Senator Byrne. I move:

That General Business, notice of motion No. 3, be discharged from the notice paper.


Senator BYRNE - I would like to speak briefly to this motion. I remind the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Drake-Brockman) that it might be wise for him to indicate to the Senate that it was agreed that when motions are put aside by agreement they will be listed, and when the new notice paper is compiled they will be considered for early inclusion in that notice paper. Honourable senators who otherwise may have some reservations will know that these motions are being protected in this way. In relation to this motion, we feel that as the Senate Estimates Committee are to be recalled into operation for this year it would be untimely to try to effect the end that is proposed in the motion. But it could be resurrected with these other motions next year.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - It was agreed between the Whips and the Party Leaders that the references under General Business, Orders of the Day, which were requested to remain on the notice paper should be listed for the President with priority of call in the new Parliament. It was suggested that the Leaders agree on priorities to be given to the matters and that a list of them be given to the President in the new Parliament rather than deal with them as they were received by the President, which could have meant that some which have a high priority now could end with a low priority.


Senator BYRNE - These may be a misunderstanding. This relates not to motions which are to be kept on the notice paper but to motions that will be discharged and whether they should be resurrected in order of re-presentation or by 'arrangement following discussion.







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