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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
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The PRESIDENT - In the discussion that took place prior to the presentation of petitions by Senator Wilkinson and Senator Poyser the Senate made it clear to me that it wished 2 caveats to be entered, the first by Senator Poyser that the procedure which was being proposed would not extend beyond the end of this session until the Standing Orders Committee had had a look at it, and the second by Senator

Cavanagh who asked that it be made perfectly clear that other similar petitions had actually been received. That being the case, 1 repeat that petitions identical to that presented by Senator Wilkinson have been received from Senators Bonner, Brown, Carrick, Greenwood, Lillico, lames McClelland, Milliner, Murphy, Prowse, Townley, Turnbull and Webster, and that petitions identical to that presented by Senator Poyser have been received from Senators McAuliffe, James McClelland and Murphy. Is it the wish of the Senate that the petitions identical to those presented by Senator Wilkinson and Senator Poyser be received and incorporated in the Journals of the Senate and in Hansard?


Senator Greenwood - I do not object to the general proposition, but I have a specific objection to make, lt can be shortly stated. I have not presented a petition, Mr President, although my name is on the list which you have read as a person who was to present a petition. I have seen the petition as it is on my table to be presented. I am conscious of what the Standing Orders provide. I do not believe that it is proper to present a petition contrary to the Standing Orders. I ask that my name be removed from your list.


The PRESIDENT - I will remove your name. That does not require the consent of the Senate.







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