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Thursday, 7 May 1987
Page: 2473


Senator Sir JOHN CARRICK(11.13) —I do not want to appear to be defending an honourable senator who can defend himself very well, but I have to say that any suggestion that Senator Ray connived at protecting those who lie and cheat in electoral matters is not only an incorrect reflection on Senator Ray but also a reflection on the Joint Select Committee on Electoral Reform. I suggest that Senator Mason should come before the Joint Committee and state his views if he wants to do so. The debate and dialogue on this matter is heard openly and publicly at the Committee's hearings. The Committee has reached conclusions supported by eminent legal opinion on all sides, not on biased opinion in favour of any one political party. Basic mischief of this sort ill serves this debate.