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Wednesday, 12 September 1984
Page: 929


Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security) —Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement on the same subject.

Leave granted.


Senator GRIMES —The sequence of events was simply this: On two occasions, before and I believe during the time that Senator Tate gave his report this afternoon, I clearly indicated to Senator Chaney, who was sitting at the table, that we would move this rescission motion tonight. That is the first point. The second point is that Senator Chaney spoke after Senator Tate had made his statement and said-Hansard will show this-that the Opposition was aware that this would happen and that it would facilitate the passage of the procedural motion which would be necessary to do this. That is the second point. The third point is that I spoke to the Whip, the Deputy Whip, one shadow Minister and the Whip of the Australian Democrats to say that this motion was coming on tonight after Senator Sibraa had spoken. I even said that, if we got this business out of the way quickly, got Senator Chipp's notice of motion out of the way and got the tabling by the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) of the Redlich report out of the way, Senator Sir John Carrick would have his full 20 minutes to speak tonight.

I am sorry that Senator Chaney did not know. I am sorry now, in view of the turn-which is the only way I can describe it-that he is putting on at the moment , that I did not walk around and personally tell him and Senator Durack. But I am not responsible, with due respect, for going around and telling each person in the Opposition who may be interested in this just what is going to happen. We have had plenty of this from Senator Chaney in this place. I remember when he was in government. I remember when he was a Minister. I do not remember his ever running around like a messenger boy and I think it is outrageous that he should put on this sanctimonious turn that he has put on tonight.