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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 1385

Senator WOOD (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Is it correct, as I read in this morning's Press, that he stated that the Government would not shift the camp off the lawn in front of Parliament House? Is this an indication that the Government does not have any regard for the aesthetic setting of Parliament House? If such is the case, does the Government take any exception to other Australians also using that area by depositing their caravans there and resting?

Senator MURPHY - I am not sure what the honourable senator read in the newspapers this morning because I have not read them. As to what was actually said, the Senate may recall that I answered a question on this subject yesterday. I stated that I would look into what was the legal position. I think that Senator Wood, as a former chairman for a long time of the Senate Regulations and Ordinances Committee, would be well aware that there is a serious question about what is the effect of the disallowance of a repealing ordinance. In any event, whatever one's view might be, it is a matter that ought to be looked into. As to the third question about turning the surroundings around Parliament House into a caravan park, I think that we would all be horrified if that happened.

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