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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2360

Mr KEOGH (Bowman) - by leave- I wish to make a short statement on the same matter. On behalf of members of the Opposition who sat on the Joint Publications Committee which considered the matters that have just been brought before the chamber, I want to add a few remarks to compliment the Chairman of the Committee the honourabe member for Ballaarat (Mr Erwin) on the very adequate way in which he provided the opportunity for all members of the Committee to put their \iews and the very fair way in which he allowed discussion to take place. I want also to support the remarks made by the Chairman when he complimented the secretary of the Committee, Mr Grahame Horsfield, for the excellent way in which he carried out his duties. I was very pleased to listen to the Chairman's remarks when he tabled this report because I think he spared himself no effort in putting the facts as the Committee saw them, before the chamber

I would like to support the Chairman in one or two matters that he brought to the attention of the chamber today. The Chairman referred to the matter of the daily Hansard being available very readily on the day following what was said in the Parliament. He said that the daily Hansard was made available in order to give a comprehensive and exact report of what took place in this chamber. I support the Chairman in this regard and I support him in his efforts to have the Government reconsider its decision not to approve the machinery that is so vital to Mr Murray, the Government Printer, to enable him to carry out his work.

I thank the House for giving me the opportunity to make these comments. I am sorry that I do not have the time to make further comments on the report. I will close by saying that this has been my first experience of serving on a joint committee of this Parliament and I see the immense value that a greater use of committees would be to the House. 1 hope that the Government will move very quickly, and follow the lead of the Senate, towards the establishment of more joint committees. I trust that it will not be much longer before this House has the same opportunity to do the valuable work such as is being done by the Senate committees.

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