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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2900

Senator Sir MAGNUS CORMACK - My question is addressed to the Manager of Government Business in the Senate.

Senator Devitt - This is not a Dorothy Dixer, is it?

Senator Sir MAGNUS CORMACK - There will be ample opportunity for the Minister to make a lengthy statement in reply if he so desires. Will he verify a statement in a newspaper this morning that his Party Caucus has decided to reject the Remuneration Bill introduced by me into the Senate last Tuesday? Are the reports true that Caucus has decided that none of the anomalies I mentioned in regard to statutory officers is to be rectified? Will he not agree that the normal courtesy should be extended to a senator in charge of some of the business of the Senate and that he should be advised of the process by which it is dropped to the bottom of the notice paper?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - Taking the last part of the honourable senator's question first, I can tell him that I had discussions last night with the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Australian Country Party in this place and I am afraid that time is not available for me to tell every honourable senator the order of business on the notice paper. If he has any complaints to make in that regard I suggest he take them up with his leader or with the Leader of the Australian Country Party. As to the first part of the honourable senator's question, I do not intend to confirm or deny, nor is it my responsibility in my capacity as Minister for the Media or Manager of Government Business in the Senate to confirm or deny, events that take place or are alleged to have taken place at a meeting of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party. The honourable senator will recall that yesterday he introduced a Bill and made a second reading speech on it. My colleague the Minister for Foreign Affairs, representing the Special Minister of State, took the adjournment of the debate. When the debate is called on again I take it that my colleague, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, will state the Government's point of view.

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