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Tuesday, 29 October 1974
Page: 2030

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - by leave- Discussions were held towards the end of last week between myself and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate about the proposed arrangement of government business and Senate business this week. It was agreed between us that debate on the Family Law Bill, as a result of constant representations brought to me by Senator Murphy, would take place today. I was under the impression that after the second reading debate was disposed of it was probable that the Committee stage of the Bill would be held over until the Senate resumed after the week's recess. That is why this debate has been arranged for today. It has also been arranged that, subject to Senator Wheeldon being here at 8 o'clock, the debate on the Family Law Bill will be interrupted so that Senator Wheeldon can have the Repatriation Acts Amendment Bill 1974 and the Social Services Bill (No. 3) 1974 dealt with. Frankly, the Government's legislative program is such that I hope we will be able to get on to dealing with Government business some time tomorrow.

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