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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1453

The PRESIDENT - Are you raising a point of order?

Senator Wheeldon - Yes, Mr President.

Senator Gair - Mr President, I take exception to the last remarks.

The PRESIDENT - Order! A point of order has been raised by Senator Wheeldon and I have called upon him to state his point of order.

Senator Gair - I am neither obscene, nor am I drunk.

The PRESIDENT - Order, Senator Gair. I am taking notice of the observations of Senator Wheeldon.

Senator Wheeldon - Mr President, I ask you to ask Senator Gair to restrain himself. He has made a series of most offensive remarks to members of this chamber, including Senator Douglas McClelland.

The PRESIDENT - Order! You are making a speech, not raising a point of order.

Senator Wheeldon - The point of order I am raising is that just a few moments ago Senator Gair made a most insulting remark. He referred to me as being obscene.

The PRESIDENT - Order! 1 did not hear it. I shall be grateful if both Senator Gair and Senator Douglas McClelland will attend upon me in my rooms, after I put a deputy in the Chair, and let me deal with the matter there. If I cannot deal with the matter in my rooms then it will have to be resolved by the Senate. Do you agree to that course being taken?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes.

The PRESIDENT - Senator Gair,would you do me the honour of accompanying me to my office?

Senator Gair - Yes, I agree.

The PRESIDENT - Senator Laucke,will you take the Chair?

Senator Laucke - Yes, Mr President.

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