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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 2048

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) (Minister for Works) (1:16 AM) - I rise to express my interest in what Senator Mulvihill so courteously submitted to the chamber. I am sure he will not expect me to be informed on the subject matter that he raised and that he will accept my assurance that what he has said will be presented today to the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr N. H. Bowen) for his consideration. Another matter 1 wish to mention is that in deference to an equally courteous speech by Senator Wheeldon on 11th May I, as speedily as possible, sought information in response to his reference to certain international training courses. That information consists of a description of events of some 2-odd pages which, in deference to Senator Wheeldon, I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard.

The PRESIDENT - Is leave granted?

Opposition senators - No.

Senator WRIGHT - That being the case, and in perseverance of an effort to oblige Senator Wheeldon, I lay a statement containing that information on the table of the Senate.

Senator Willesee - Mr President, as I understand the situation, Senator Wheeldon will not receive a reply from the Minister for Works -

Senator Wright - I am not prepared to argue this.

Senator Willesee - I am not arguing with the Minister. I am not even talking to him. I am addressing myself to you, Mr President. I would like your guidance, Sir. I understand that the document tabled contains information in reply to something that Senator Wheeldon has raised; that as that information has been tabled it will not be conveyed to Senator Wheeldon; that it will not appear in Hansard; that it will merely go into the archives, and that if Senator Wheeldon wants it he will have to go down to the old mausoleum and get it. Is that the position?

The PRESIDENT - The subject matter of the tabled document will, I have no doubt, be conveyed in writing to Senator Wheeldon by Senator Wright. If Senator Wheeldon wishes to make it a public document he can read it into the Hansard record tomorrow.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 1.19 a.m. (Thursday).

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