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Thursday, 21 September 1972
Page: 1126

Senator WILKINSON (Western Australia) - by leave - It seems to me that we are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. I think that originally matter was incorporated in Hansard by leave in order to save having to read a long dissertation about something that was probably quite relevant to the argument being presented. It was on this basis that leave was granted by the Senate to incorporate matter in Hansard. If it was something which the Senate did not want to have incorporated in Hansard, then it was the prerogative of the President to have it struck from the record. When somebody has asked for leave to incorporate something in Hansard - and we have done this on many occasions - and leave has been refused, that person has just gone ahead and read what he wanted to incorporate in Hansard. We have not gained anything; we have lost. To present something around the House in order to see whether it is acceptable to honourable senators on both sides of the chamber seems to me to be just a complete waste of time and it is getting away from the purpose for which originally we incorporated material in Hansard.

I hope that we will be able to return to the situation which existed until a few weeks ago when matter would be incorporated in Hansard by leave of the Senate. If leave was not granted an honourable senator had recourse to reading the whole of the material himself. I hope that that is the situation to which we will return.

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