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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2082

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) -in reply- Reference has been made to a division. I would like a division on the matter and I think it would be a most desirable procedure.

Senator Murphy - I did not mean a division on the motion for the second reading; I meant afterwards.

Senator WRIGHT - I mean on the motion for the second reading, so that other sections of the Parliament will know to what degree of acceptance or rejection the Bill has been subjected. On the other matter I must confess that I am very appreciative of the acceptance that the Senate has given to the idea or principle of the Bill which the second reading debate has indicated, in some cases expressly and in other cases impliedly. I indicated that the first thing was to provide a parliamentary procedure to decide the site, and that, I think, has commended itself to all members of the Senate. No objection to that was advanced by Senator Murphy. That is the principal achievement intended by the Bill. As I understand it, Senator Murphy does not intend to vote against the motion for the second reading.

Senator Murphy - That is correct.

Senator WRIGHT - Therefore, simply out of courtesy to the suggestion that has fallen from

Senator Murphy,I indicate that in Committee this matter will be entirely at the will of the Committee of the Whole. But, for myself, without any personal interest in the matter different from that of any other senator here, I say that the reason why we arranged to get this on this afternoon before interest dropped out of the matter was to follow on- showing that we are men of action- the resolution that we put in another form last week. Then I hope to attract immediately the consideration of the House of government. I shall address myself to the 2 clauses which Senator Murphy mentioned in Committee. I indicate that of course I will be prepared to consider his and other submissions upon that matter in order to determine my attitude to reporting progress or asking that the Bill be concluded.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senator Young - Mr President,there was no dissenting voice at all.

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