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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 689

The PRESIDENT - Order! To whom is the honourable senator referring when he is speaking of 'his excellency'?

Senator CAVANAGH - Mr Alexander.

The PRESIDENT - I do not acknowledge him as 'his excellency'.

Senator CAVANAGH - He is the high commissioner.

The PRESIDENT - I do not acknowledge him as that either. Please refer to him as Mr Alexander.

Senator CAVANAGH - Mr Alexanderis supervising the erection of an embassy there.

The PRESIDENT - He is not supervising the erection of an embassy. He may be supervising the erection of huts or tents. He is not supervising the erection of an embassy. I do not acknowledge these terms.

Senator CAVANAGH - That depends on whose interpretation it is.

The PRESIDENT - As occupant of the chair I am placing an interpretation on it.

Senator CAVANAGH - I accept that in your interpretation they are not erecting an embassy.In the interpretation of indigenous Australians they are erecting an embassy outside Parliament House. The ordinance was considered to be a legal ordinance. Notice of motion No. 4 is for the disallowance of that ordinance, which was found by the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory to be inoperative. It would seem to me that the natural thing to do, in view of a judgment given today, would be to dispose of the matter by agreeing to the disallowance of the ordinance until such time as the Attorney-General (Senator Greenwood) finds a method of making the ordinance operative.

The PRESIDENT - The motion is for the postponement of notices of motion Nos 1 to 4. Either move an amendment or the matter will be put to a vote.

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