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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2269

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr President,my question is directed to you. You will be aware, I am sure, that there are a number of printed gossip sheets circulating out of Canberra purporting to inform people of what is happening in the Federal Parliament. There is one such sheet which bears at the end the inscription: 'Printed and published by', and I shall leave out the name. It then shows an address in Canberra with the addition of the words 'and Parliament House, Canberra'. Do you feel that this is proper? Do you feel that those people are entitled to do that? Will you look into this general practice in terms of the privilege extended by this House to the Parliamentary Press Gallery and those who work in it?

The PRESIDENT - I undertake to discuss this matter with Senator Cotton, so that I can get more information from him, some time during the course of the day. I undertake also as a result of my examination of this matter to inform honourable senators next week of the conclusion I have reached.

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