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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 940


Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) - The Opposition acknowledges what the Attorney-General (Senator Murphy) has said and recognises that in what he has said he has acceded to the points which were made. We would like to see the word 'knowingly' inserted in the clause, but in the light of what the Attorney-General has said we will not persist with that part of our amendment which seeks to insert the word 'knowingly'. The AttorneyGeneral has accepted the first part of our amendment that the words 'directly or indirectly ' be left out.

I wish to say in reply to Senator Steele Hall that to the best of my recollectionI have not personally seen any retailers in connection with this Bill or received any representations from them. He may feel that I responded to his accusations somewhat intemperately -


Senator Milliner - You did.


Senator GREENWOOD -Maybe I did. But the point I make is simply this: I am attempting, as best I can, on behalf of my Party and my colleagues to put forward these amendments. The accusations made by Senator Hall are not acceptable. He said before we ever reached the Committee stages that he felt that all the amendments which the Opposition was putting forward were disruptive. He said that he had not even seen them but he was against them. To take that sort of attitude at the outset indicates the sort of approach we can expect in the Committee stages.







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