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Wednesday, 28 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - After listening to what Senator Wright has had to say I must confess that the delicacy of the manner in which he has made his suggestion leaves me a little uncertain as to his meaning. However, having raised the point, no doubt if I give him the opportunity to discuss the matter outside the chamber, that might meet his intention of not particularising.

Senator Bennreferred to the supply of newspapers. The expenditure on this item is £400 a year. In my view the provision of newspapers in my party room is an amenity which I very much welcome. It is true that I am supplied with newspapers at my hotel, the same as other senators are supplied, but it is equally true that most honorable senators going about their business in the House frequently feel a pressing need to refer to something they have seen earlier in the day or something to which their attention subsequently has been directed. I have regarded the provision of newspapers as a very ordinary sort of amenity which ought to continue in a place like this.

Senator Willesee - If it were stopped it would inhibit the asking of questions.

Senator PALTRIDGE - Yes. That would be a great advantage. Senator

Willesee encourages me to support very strongly what Senator Benn has put. In fairness, I must say that if there is any real feeling among members of the Opposition that this is a waste of money, we will have a look at it. I would require to be convinced on this point.

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