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Thursday, 30 June 1994
Page: 2453


Senator PANIZZA —Mr President, I seek leave to make a personal explanation and to make a request of you.

  Leave granted.


Senator PANIZZA —On Thursday, 9 June during question time I claim that Senator Cook made three serious reflections on me when answering a question. He said, firstly, that I advocated that I wanted a system of open abuse to apply; secondly, that I wanted to be able in this place to denigrate the reputation of scientists; and, thirdly, that I have a preoccupation with parochial and narrow-minded self-interest. This is what Senator Cook said:

The only reason why the senator opposite is complaining is that he wants a system of open abuse to apply. He wants to be able in this place to denigrate the reputation of scientists if their professional opinion does not conform with his subjective judgments and preoccupations with parochial and narrow-minded self-interest.

Mr President, I raised a point of order in respect of the third point, which you did not uphold. I asked you privately to reconsider. I have had no reply on the matter. As I always declare interest before I speak in any debate in this chamber, I request that you refer all these three matters to the Standing Committee on Procedure.


The PRESIDENT —I thought I had verbally responded, but I will do that.