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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1454


Senator WILLESEE (Western Australia) - I move:

That the Senate take note of the statement.

I ask for leave to make my remarks at a later stage.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.


Senator Georges - I rise to order. Can you explain to me, Mr Acting Deputy President, why copies of a statement of such import were not circulated so that all honourable senators at the time the statement was being made would be privy to the contents more thoroughly than they would be by just listening to the Minister?

Senator WRIGHT(Tasmania - Minister for Works) - by leave - The statement was made by the Prime Minister this afternoon. It was a very brief statement following upon the compulsive event of President Nixon's statement. It was thought that honourable senators would have no difficulty in comprehending the full significance of a statement of such brevity, which f read with such clarity.


Senator Georges - Might I, with the leave of the Senate, Mr Acting Deputy President, point out that the explanation is not satisfactory. Following the courtesy which normally is extended to honourable senators, copies of such statements are distributed before they are read so that we have knowledge of the contents before the Minister rises, no matter how brief the statement may be. I hope that in future such statements are circulated.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Laucke) - Order! The point of order is not valid.


Senator Keeffe - I seek leave to make a short statement on the same matter.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT Is leave granted?


Senator Wright - No, the debate has been adjourned.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT - Order! Leave is not granted.







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