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Friday, 22 March 1985
Page: 684


Senator HARRADINE(3.39) —I have nothing much more to say about this except that I notice that the Minister at the table is the former Attorney-General, Senator Gareth Evans. I take this opportunity to place on the record-some people will look at me askance when I say it-that, contrary to what some others have said, the previous Attorney-General was always correct in his dealings with me. I was able, as I am sure a number of other senators were, to discuss with him in depth matters of deep principle. We did not agree on many things, but at least he was a man who thought deeply on matters of vast importance to this nation. Though I may be condemned for it, I give credit to the former Attorney-General for being courteous and for treating senators from all sides of the Senate as Ministers ought to treat them. I do not want to give him the kiss of death; so I qualify that by reiterating that we hardly ever agree, and I am relatively comfortable in the knowledge that he is no longer the Attorney-General.