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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 2522

Senator WEBSTER (Victoria) - I wish quickly to raise a matter of the abuse of privilege by 2 senators. I believe that they have admitted to what appear to be statements which are not based on truth, indeed, they have been made in respect of citizens outside this Senate. I have advised the two honourable senators of the points that I wish to raise. In the first instance, I refer honourable senators to a debate which occurred on 11 October 1973 in relation to the acquisition of land in the Northern Territory. Senator McLaren, in speaking to the debate on the acquisition of land in the Northern TerritoryI quote from Hansard page 1168 of 11 October 1973- said in short:

I know Mr Albert Albany and I know where his land is.

I know people who have bought land from him in the past.

I again quote what Senator McLaren said: 'I know Mr Albert Albany '.

Senator Cavanagh - I rise on a point of order. As one who believes in upholding the Standing Orders I question the propriety of discussing a matter that was the subject of debate in the current session of the Senate.

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