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Thursday, 7 June 1984
Page: 2716


Senator ELSTOB —by leave-I think that the Senate should turn its attention to the fact that it has five Senate select committees. I am not opposed to what Senator Durack has raised, but honourable senators must take account of just how much we can investigate and how much time we can devote to those investigations. At the moment the Senate is being overworked and honourable senators have virtually no time for their electorates or for anything else. I give warning that I think all honourable senators, irrespective of party , should take a very close look at what we are doing. If we carry on in this way in the future I do not think that we will serve the public as we should. Will we be able to look in depth at all the problems? I voice my concern as a chairman of a committee. It is easy to say that we want to form a select committee, but all senators should take a very serious view of what is happening. There should be a complete review of what is going on.