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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1272

Mr PRESIDENT - The wrong has been done. Senator Jessop may retract it at some subsequent stage if he likes, but he is not talking about it now. The point was not taken at the time and I, therefore, cannot uphold Senator Cavanagh's point of order. I point out to Senator Jessop that the hour is getting late and we are getting weary.

Senator JESSOP - I appreciate that fact. Perhaps the interjections have contributed to the delays which there have been in this debate. I suggest that the broadcasting time of this chamber should be confined to matters of public interest and matters of original initiative in this place and that we should not waste our time on matters of complete and utter irrelevance. The fact that honourable senators opposite were not in the chamber indicates to me a lack of interest in the defence of this country. This will be deplored suitably by the people of Australia at a later time this year.

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