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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2428

Senator MURPHY - I ask the Acting Leader of the Government a question which I asked him a few days ago. Does he recall that in this chamber for more than 2 years there has been pressure from the Opposition for Commonwealth legislation to regulate accident insurance companies and to protect, the policy holders of those companies? Does he recall that an urgency motion was passed in this chamber last year requesting such action and that the Prime Minister himself said that he was anxious that legislation be brought in? Is the Acting Leader of the Government aware that one of his Liberal colleagues in New South Wales, on the same day as I asked why legislation had not been introduced, bitterly criticised the Federal Government for not having introduced legislation? Can he tell us now why the legislation which is necessary to protect the people of Australia has not been introduced?

The PRESIDENT - Order! I assume that the question was asked in that form to highlight and to point up the inadequacy of our Standing Orders.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The Leader of the Opposition asked me this question 2 days ago. Of course, I am not aware of all the points he mentions. 1 asked that the question be put on the notice paper and said that I would get the information for the honourable senator. I am not in control of the information that comes back to me, but the information will be given to the honourable senator as soon as I get it.

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