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Thursday, 21 September 1972
Page: 1126

Senator CAVANAGH - You do not know what it is, but you withdraw it?

Senator O'BYRNE - I do not know what it is, but I will withdraw it. Why should the President of the Senate be able to censor what goes into Hansard? I am opposed to this practice. Things have been incorporated in Hansard for a long time. Debate in the Senate is recorded in Hansard. This practice has been accepted, and we have never had a censor. I object to the President setting himself up as being superior to a senator. He is an equal. He should not be able to peruse what is presented in debate in the Senate. I want to record my objection to this censorship of Hansard. It has never been done before in the history of the Westminster system, and I will not approve of it.

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