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Wednesday, 21 August 1996
Page: 2814


Senator NEAL(3.27 p.m.) —I wish to move that the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Social Security to a question asked by Senator Woodley relating to the home and community care program. It is a shame that Senator Newman has left the chamber because there are a number of things I would like to say.


Senator Patterson —Mr Deputy President, I raise a point or order.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! Are you speaking on a different matter, Senator Neal?


Senator Patterson —She would not know.


Senator Cook —A very ungenerous comment!


Senator NEAL —I must say that I am used to some of the ungenerous comments, but that was a particularly outstanding one. I am on a different matter.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! I will have to ask whether anybody else wishes to speak on the original matter. I call Senator Abetz.