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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2307

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral) - It is nice to be able to agree with Senator Greenwood for once. I think we would all have hoped that the estimates committees would have gone along during this Parliament in the same way as they have gone along previously. However, I agree with Senator Greenwood that the behaviour of those who attended Estimates Committee A was completely different from that which was displayed under the previous Government. I would also agree with him that if the estimates committees, particularly the one to which he referred, continue to be conducted as they were conducted there is no point in attempting to have rational discussion of the estimates by such committees. He may have his view as to who is at fault; others have their view as to who was guilty of abuse of the processes of the committees. I think the matter may be well left at the stage that we are in concord that, whatever the reason, the estimates committees, and particularly Estimates Committee A, were not functioning properly and that if they function in that way we might as well dispense with having them.

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