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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2040

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate) - I cannot agree with Senator Withers that the Parliament Bill will be disposed of as easily as he has suggested.

Senator Withers - Most likely you will take the adjournment.

Senator MURPHY - Yes. There are some matters in that Bill that I would like to take up with Senator Wright, not so much with a view of delaying the Bill but because serious questions are involved. I am not happy about some of the clauses of the Bill for reasons other than the site of Parliament House.

Senator Webster - That is what we often think about Government legislation.

Senator MURPHY -That may be so. However I certainly would like to have some further consideration of this matter. Later I will point out to Senator Wright the matters that are troubling me. Otherwise we have no objection. I move the following amendment:

That the following words be added to the motion- otherwise Government business to take precedence over general business this day.

Senator Withers - That is agreeable.

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