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Wednesday, 17 November 1976

Mr BAUME (Macarthur) - I wish to make one very simple point in the minute remaining. It is all very well for members of the Opposition to rise in this place and abuse journalists, using such well considered and eloquent words as 'idiot'. The facts are, of course, that it is a difficult profession.

Mr Howard - Scratch a socialist and they are very thin on civil liberties.

Mr BAUME - Exactly, and it is intriguing. I thank the Minister for that interjection. This land of personal abuse is apparently the only weapon available to people ofthe capacity of the honourable member for Robertson (Mr Cohen) who just attacked the Press in that personal and offensive way. Whether or not Mr Kavanough is an effective or good journalist is a matter that any honourable member has his right to determine. I feel that no honourable member, and I stress the word 'honourable', has the right to use the terminology and style of the honourable member who just resumed his seat. I think his attack is a disgraceful one and I think his use of language is appalling.

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