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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 782

Senator CAVANAGH - In desperation I ask a further question of the Minister for Health. As the Senate has had no opportunity to debate the subject of medical fees and as matters dealing with the subject are listed on the notice paper - one such matter having been placed on the notice paper on 7th May 1971 - will the Minister make arrangements for an early discussion on Government Business order of the day No. 4 and General Business order of the day No. 18? It seems to me that that opportunity could present itself next week in view of the Minister's reply about the sittings of the Senate.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON I shall deal with the last part of the honourable senator's question first. Am 1 to understand that Senator Cavanagh does not approve of the proposed arrangement that I mentioned in my answer to Senator Murphy?

Senator Cavanagh -I approve of dealing with the business on the notice paper.


I wantedto be perfectly clearI have had discussions with lenders about next week. If it is not the intention of the Opposition to accept my proposal let its members be frank about that. Let us know. I put it right on the line. Honourable senators cannot have it both ways in this world, least of all when they are dealing with me in the Senate. However, the forms of the Senate are there for honourable senators to use. As Minister for Health, I would not be in a position to respond to item No. 4 while the matter is, as 1 see it, sub judice.

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