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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2278

Senator DURACK (Western Australia) -by leave- On behalf of the Senate Select Committee on the Civil Rights of Migrant Australians and in the absence of the Chairman, Senator Townley, who is ill and who has appointed me Acting Chairman of the Committee in accordance with the powers under the terms of reference, I wish to seek an extension of time for the presentation of the Committee's report. The Senate has ordered the report to be presented by the first sitting day in December, namely Tuesday next, 4 December. The Committee has made some progress in the preparation of its report and in fact a first draft has been prepared. However, quite properly, members desire to give close attention to the evidence which nas been received. Members propose to make this examination during the forthcoming recess period and to meet during February to finalise aspects still outstanding. At this stage it is not expected that further witnesses will be called but we cannot be certain of this until we have had the opportunity of carefully examining all the evidence now available to us. I therefore ask for leave to move a motion requesting a further extension of time for the Committee to complete its task.

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