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Thursday, 14 June 1984
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Senator PETER RAE(10.35) —I object most strongly to the allegation of hyprocrisy. I can only say that it is one which is made out of ignorance and one which is made out of a failure. Perhaps it can be excused because of the fact that Senator Jack Evans is relatively new in this place, does not know anything much of its history and has not done much homework in relation to it. He wants some excuse to support the Government in relation to the amendments. I can go back to not just the Chicken Meat Research Bill and the National Mapping Survey Bill and all the rest of the Bills over which the battles were being fought in the late 1960s and the early 1970s which I thought established this thing. I said, and I emphasise this, that there were some which escaped my notice, for which I can only be apologetic; they got through at a time when I was concentrating more on statutory authorities than on some of the legislation that was going through the Parliament.

When we were in government in the 1960s and early 1970s, I and a number of other senators opposed Bills, spoke against Bills and moved amendments similar to the amendments which I have moved today. For Senator Jack Evans to say that is something which is only done in opposition is to engage in what I regard as a totally unjustified attack. If he likes to do his homework he will find that that can be refuted by the history of processes which have taken place. I moved the amendments purposefully. I moved them not as an Opposition tactic. If the Australian Democrats are not interested in preserving the rights of the individual in the community then let that be seen and be known. I will call a division in relation to this to ensure that we see who is interested in preserving the rights of the individual and who is not.