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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 51

Senator CAVANAGH - I ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service. It follows a reply given to Senator O'Byrne. When the Minister made the statement that it would be improper to comment upon the statement referred to by Senator O'Byrne because of the high office which the author of the statement held, did the Minister mean that it was improper to comment on a statement of the holder of such a high office or was his statement intended as a condemnation of the Minister for the Army who was critical of a statement made by the holder of the high office in another State?

Senator WRIGHT - I would like to content myself with the answer, , no, and leave the honourable senator to travel through the contortions of his question to see to which part 'no' applies. But out of respect for the perseverance of the honourable senator on a matter in which I know he is quite disinterestedly interested, I say that I made no comment upon the reference which Senator Byrne made to Sir Roden Cutler, V.C.

Senator Byrne - O'Byrne.

Senator WRIGHT - What I did say was said most carefully and, I repeat accurately out of respect for the office which Sir Roden Cutler, V.C, holds: I abstain from any comment whatever upon it in a political forum.

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