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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 1320

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - in reply - The submission put forward by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy) is a lot of nonsense. He knows as well as I do that at the beginning of this sessional period the programme for the Parliament provided that we would work through until the end of November.

Senator Murphy - There was no programme until the end of November. That is not right.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - It was a 9-weeks programme, anyhow. Senator Murphy's argument is based on pure supposition that there may be an early election. We are working to a programme. On the previous occasion when I moved a similar motion I proposed that the Committees would report to the Senate on or before 10th October. Senator Cavanagh queried that time and I explained that it was purely a time that we had set down as the time when we thought the Estimates Committees would finish their consideration of the Estimates. This is the practice that has been followed in respect of reports by Estimates Committees in the past. The date which I had proposed, 10th October, is the day on which the Senate will meet after the recess of one week and it is quite obvious to everyone in the Senate that the Estimates Committees cannot report before that time. All I am doing by this motion is extending the time limit by 14 days.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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