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Tuesday, 16 April 1985
Page: 1099

Senator PETER RAE —by leave-I am concerned only at the suggestion that Senator Georges, as a member of the Government Party, is entitled to some special advice from the Attorney-General (Mr Lionel Bowen) which any senator would not be entitled to receive. I believe that a member of the Parliament is entitled to receive some advice and assistance. I hope that what was perhaps intended by you, Mr President, was that parliamentary counsel or an officer of the Attorney-General's Department could assist in giving some advice in relation to the matter of attendance and rights of attendance, should that become necessary, to a member of this place, from whichever side of the chamber he may be drawn.

The PRESIDENT —I certainly endorse the remarks made by Senator Peter Rae. I merely mentioned that Senator Georges should discuss the matter with the Attorney-General (Mr Lionel Bowen) in his capacity as a senator and as a member of the Government Party in the Senate rather than that I, as President of the Senate, should discuss the matter with the Attorney-General on Senator Georges's behalf. I thank Senator Rae for giving me the opportunity to make my explanation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 11.09 p.m.