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Wednesday, 3 December 1986
Page: 3275

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —I also seek leave to make a personal explanation on the same matter, Mr Deputy President.

Leave granted.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —What Senator Zakharov says is absolutely true. As I understand it, the agreement that we all made was that because the response was only tabled immediately prior to the Senate dealing with reports and papers, there would be no debate on the matter. That was the condition I entered into with Senator Zakharov. However, the Australian Democrats appear once again in their maverick fashion to have pursued the response to the report today.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —Order! Honourable senators must not use a personal explanation to attack another senator. Senator Crichton-Browne, you must confine yourself to the personal explanation.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —They have done that contrary to that understanding and the reason that I was finally moved to respond was not in order to speak on the report-which I did not, because I have not yet read it-but to respond to the Democrats response to the report. I regret that Senator Zakharov did not have an opportunity to speak after Senator Vigor because she has been a very active and enthusiastic contributor to the report as chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on National Resources, and I think that it would have been proper had she been given a chance in the same way as Senator Vigor to speak today.