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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2217

Senator GREENWOOD ( Victoria ) -I appreciate the circumstances in which leave was granted. A matter arose at Estimates Committee

D.   It relates to the non-appearance in the particulars of proposed expenditure of an item of expenditure. A point may well be taken in the course of a debate upon the Appropriation Bills, particularly in the Committee ofthe Whole, that if the item is not included debate on that subject ought to be precluded. If the circumstances in which the matter is not included are that there has been a ministerial expression of opinion that Parliament is to be by-passed, the Parliament may be shut out from effectively debating the matter. I wonder whether the Minister might respond and state whether there will be an opportunity to discuss this matter. It was raised at the deliberations of Estimates Committee D. I have received a reply which I regard as totally inadequate.

The PRESIDENT - Does the Minister seek leave to reply?

Senator Wriedt - If it is necessary for me to reply.

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no dissent, leave is granted.

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