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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 1823

Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) - My question is addressed to either the President or the Leader of the Senate. We have just heard something about badly run-down organisations. Could I be informed why there appears to be no business sheet indicating how this Senate will be run this morning? Can the Senate be informed why the Leader of the Government in the Senate and the Leader of the Senate are not sitting together at the table this morning?

The PRESIDENT - I have no knowledge of the seating arrangements and I have no knowledge of any rearrangement of ministerial responsibilities in this chamber. I think this question lies within the province of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and I call Senator Murphy.

Senator MURPHY - I do not know the reason for any absence of a business paper. There is a notice paper for the Senate. As for the appearance of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, I am here and the other Ministers are here with the exception of Senator Willesee- I have explained that he is at the airport- and Senator Bishop who is, unfortunately, still ill. We hope that he will be ready soon to rejoin us in the Senate. I am informed that it is expected that he will be here on 19 November.

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