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Thursday, 29 October 1964

Senator CORMACK (Victoria) .- Although clause 14 of the Bill refers to the retiring allowances of certain members of the Parliament, no provision is made for the Presiding Officers. I suggest that they have a higher constitutional responsibility to fulfil than has any Minister or the Leaders of the Opposition. Indeed, without their capacity and authority the business of the Parliament could not proceed and the means of Government could not ensue. Why are the Presiding Officers of the Parliament the keys which unlock the door of the Parliament not mentioned? I believe that their responsibilities are at least as great as those of the most junior Minister.

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