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Wednesday, 15 May 2002
Page: 1631

The PRESIDENT (7:00 PM) —Order! Earlier today, Senator Forshaw, when in the chair, undertook to refer to me his ruling that Senator Schacht should withdraw his use of inappropriate language. It is incumbent upon the chair to require the withdrawal of inappropriate language such as swear words even where it does not constitute offensive language against protected office holders under standing order 193. Senator Forshaw also referred to me the question as to whether it should be expunged from Hansard. But, as proceedings in the Senate are immediately public, the chair usually sees expungement as not appropriate. I would ask senators to respect the dignity of debate and ask that they do not use such language.