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Friday, 23 November 1979
Page: 2889


Senator CARRICK (New South WalesLeader of the Government) - Throughout the sessions it has been my practice to endeavour as far as possible to get the number of questions standing on the Notice Paper to a minimum. I think that has been the general practice. I will endeavour to do so, with one qualification- the Appropriation Bills were not forced through this House at all. There was no gag applied.


Senator McLaren - We were kept here until twenty past five in the morning.


Senator CARRICK -We were kept here due to continuous intervention, largely by Senator McLaren. Had he asked the questions at the Government's invitation and put them on the Notice Paper, we would have answered them for him. The fact that he was away, overseas or somewhere -


Senator McLaren - That is unfair.


Senator CARRICK -I do not want to be vexatious -


Senator McLaren - Of course you are vexatious. You j just can 't help yourself.


Senator CARRICK -I want to be helpful. If Senator McLaren wants to shout and scream, let him take that on himself. I am saying he was outside this Senate during the Estimates committees' hearings and therefore missed the opportunity to ask questions. Since other honourable senators wanted to get on with the business, the honourable senator was invited to make a list of his questions, for which the answers would have been obtained. I repeat that invitation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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