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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 225


Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate been drawn to articles which appeared in the daily Press on Saturday 19th August 1972 under the headings Usher to be armed' and 'Senators to get the sword', followed by statements that a sword is to be added to the Senate's security measures this week? Can the Acting Leader of the Government inform the Senate why it is necessary for the Usher of the Black Rod to bear arms? Further, can the Acting Leader of the Government indicate whether it is his intention to seek the approval of the Senate before allowing the carrying of offensive weapons in this chamber?


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - J have not seen the reports which the honourable senator says appeared in the daily Press on Saturday last - I was in Western Australia on Saturday - nor have they been drawn to my attention. This is a matter for the President of the Senate. I shall discuss it with him and should we then have any comment to make we shall make it.







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