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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2417

The PRESIDENT - Is leave granted?

Senator Keeffe - No, we will not grant leave.

The PRESIDENT - Order! I think honourable senators will realise, from looking at the statement that has been distributed, that it would be very difficult to read the attachment into Hansard with any degree of understanding. I suggest that honourable senators reconsider granting leave and that the Minister for Works ask for leave a second time.

Senator Cavanagh - We are not as harsh as Governments supporters were this morning. You remember what happened last night, Mr President.

Senator WRIGHT - 1 shall treat the refusal of leave as an inexorable record of the ignorance of Opposition senators and their determination to remain in ignorance. I shall supply the particulars by individual letter to their colleague who made the criticism and trust to his goodwill to disseminate it for the information of those of his ignorant colleagues in the Senate who wish to understand it.

It is significant that the evidence from the Auburn City Council - that is the Council which it was suggested had not been consulted - to the Committee stated in discussions some weeks ago between Works and Council officers ... the indication given by the Engineer/Town Planner was that no objection was seen to the proposal'. This .is in complete agree-; ment with the statement of the Department of Works in evidence to the Committee and with our understanding, of the out-* come of our discussions with all authorities*

Mr President,I have taken' the opportunity before the Parliament rises - before Opposition members of the Senate disperse - to inform them of the facts out of respect for the criticism that was made without complete knowledge by one of their colleagues in the other place. I hope that what I have said will conduce to a greater understanding and consequently a spirit of greater co-operation between local government and the Department of Works in the arrangement of its programme for the Federal Government.

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