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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
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Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —Mr President, I claim to have been misrepresented. I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

Leave granted.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —It is regrettable that at a time and occasion when normally there is some benevolence and good will on both sides of the chamber Senator Gareth Evans in his normal inimitable-perhaps one might say inimical- fashion comes in here and in his rude, crude, unattractive and arrogant way makes the sorts of observations he made following debate on what I considered to be a very important issue affecting Western Australia. I find it regrettable that Senator Evans, because he has been away for the day and every other honourable senator has been terribly jovial, has judged that I should put aside for the moment the matters which rest heavily on the minds of many people in Western Australia. So often I have defended Senator Evans, even amongst my colleagues. I have been on committees with Senator Evans and I have found him on those occasions to be a man who is decent of heart-

Senator Gareth Evans —Mr President, I raise a point of order. This is ceasing to be a personal explanation, if indeed it ever was. It is becoming a rehash of the issues which Senator Crichton-Browne is anxious to pursue.

The PRESIDENT —Order! Senator Crichton-Browne, you have sought leave to make a personal explanation. Leave has been granted. I now ask you to restrict your remarks to the personal explanation.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —Thank you, Mr President. The particularly offensive phrase was that I was a man of thick hide to have the courage-

Senator Gareth Evans —Q.e.d.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —At least Senator Evans gets the beginnings of words right, even if he cannot get the Latin right. Senator Evans suggested that I was a man of thick hide because I had the courage to make some observations about a matter on which his Party has equivocated and no doubt will take a view after the election. It is not my problem that he is sensitive to the views-

The PRESIDENT —Order! The honourable senator will restrict his remarks to a personal explanation.

Senator CRICHTON-BROWNE —With respect, Mr President, my reason for making this personal explanation tonight is that the points I sought to make earlier were on matters which are very important to Western Australia. They are of great concern to the vast majority of people in our community and also of particular and special concern to the people of the Federal seat of Kalgoorlie-

The PRESIDENT —Order! The honourable senator is out of order. The honourable senator has been asked to make a personal explanation. He is now removing himself far from a personal explanation. I declare him out of order.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 12.15 a.m. Thursday until a day and hour to be fixed by the President in accordance with the resolution of the Senate agreed to this day.