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Published on 4 February 2015
Hansard and Statements by Senator Joan Fraser (retired)

Hon. Joan Fraser (Deputy Leader of the Opposition):

I have a supplementary question.

Leader, you suggested that the steering committee of the Banking Committee is the master, basically, of the committee’s agenda and, of course, that’s true. But I wonder if you, as Leader of the Government in the Senate and, therefore, to some extent, custodian of the rules of this place, would recall to the chair of the Banking Committee that bills that the Senate has approved in principle before referral to committee take precedence over studies in all committees or should do so in the same way that bills in this chamber take precedence over other matters.

The Banking Committee has been engaged for months on a study of bitcoins, which I’m sure is important and fascinating, but bills are supposed to take precedence.

 

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