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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1283

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - It would not distress me to defer the matter to a later hour in the day but I am not clear what the deferment motion means. Does it mean that the item mentioned by Senator McClelland should be deferred? If it is intended that this item be deferred while the Committee deals with other items, that might suit the situation but it will not give much time for officers to obtain the information that is sought by Senator Wright. It might be better if the Committee deferred the whole of the estimates for the Department of Supply while we deal with other estimates. I do not mind but with great respect I point out that already much of the information which would be obtained has been brought out in the course of the debate.

The CHAIRMAN - Was it your intention, Senator McClelland, that the whole of these items be deferred?

Senator McClelland - Yes.

Senator Wright - Might I suggest that Division No. 765 be postponed so that the Committee can deal with other items? The intention of the Committee was to defer consideration of this division so that we could get a factual explanation later today or tomorrow.

Senator Anderson - I agree.

Senator McClelland - That is acceptable to me. I merely wanted to allow other honorable senators to proceed with other items.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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