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Thursday, 28 March 1985
Page: 972


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(3.07) —by leave-I move:

That the Senate take note of the statement.

For reasons that are evident from your own statement, Mr President, I do not wish to debate this matter in any way, but on behalf of the Opposition I express a sharing of the concern that you have expressed about the failure to correct the report. I was very concerned when I saw the report to which the President has referred. I followed it up with the clerks and with the President and I was concerned that there appeared to be a second inaccuracy on the next day. The Opposition joins with you, Mr President, in believing that it is appropriate that there should be a correction where there has been an error and we hope that very great care will be taken in the media with this very difficult and delicate case to ensure that reports put to the public have a high degree of accuracy. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.