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Wednesday, 10 October 1984
Page: 1544

Senator SCOTT —My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and I refer him to his description of Mr Wran's attack on Mr Clarrie Briese as 'an unfortunate remark'. Is he aware that on this morning's AM program Mr Wran said that he had read the Deputy Prime Minister's comments in the House of Representatives yesterday on the inquiry of the Senate Select Committee on the Allegations Concerning a Judge and that he supported them? Is he also aware that Mr Wran refused to withdraw his comments about Mr Briese? Does the Minister regard this as yet another unfortunate utterance by Mr Wran?

Senator BUTTON —I did not hear the program to which Senator Scott refers and, in the terms of the question, I am unaware of the various statements which are implicit in it.

Senator Walters —You sound like Morgan Ryan. Come on.

Senator BUTTON —Senator Walters did say: 'Come on'. I am vastly encouraged by that. Without reading the purported statements made by Mr Wran I would not like to comment on them. I do regard as unfortunate any debate conducted across 12, 000 miles of ocean about events taking place in the Senate. I use the word ' unfortunate' again in that context. I would like to examine the particular remarks.