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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 1863

Senator BYRNE (Queensland) -A number of propositions in relation to this matter are now before the Senate or are projected. Some have been put before us on earlier occasions. One was that there should be a joint sitting of the 2 Houses to determine the matter. That is the resolution primarily before the Senate now. To that Senator Prowse has moved an amendment and Senator Wright has in contemplation a Bill which will follow the ordinary legislative procedure.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Cant)- Senator, I understand that you have spoken previously on this matter.

Senator BYRNE - I was wondering whether I had spoken about it on the adjournment debate or some other debate and not substantially on the resolution. I was under the impression that I had spoken on some interlocutory proceeding. If that is not so, I have no right to speak now, except that I could address myself to the amendment.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT- I am advised by the Clerk that you have spoken previously on this matter.

Senator BYRNE - On the motion or on the amendment?

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT- After the amendment was moved.

Senator BYRNE -Did I specify to what I spoke? Am I entitled now to speak?

Senator Cavanagh - You cannot hog the time.

Senator BYRNE - That is a practice which has been followed here.

Senator McLaren - It is not a very good advertisement for a senator when he does not know on what he spoke.

Senator BYRNE - I am wondering whether I embraced both in my speech.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT- My advice is that you spoke after the amendment had been moved and it is taken that you have spoken to both.

Senator BYRNE - Thank you. If I project an amendment which may come up, I could speak to it at that stage, I take it?


Senator BYRNE - Thank you.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT- The question is 'that the words proposed to be left out be left out', as proposed by Senator Prowse 's amendment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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