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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 2039

Senator WEBSTER (Victoria) (12:19 PM) - I point out to the Senate that 2 things have occurred this evening. The first is that an honourable senator has chosen to speak on the adjournment and to seek to have incorporated in Hansard a document which took him exactly 45 minutes to read at a fairly fast rate. I suggest that all honourable senators take note of what has occurred. There should be an objection made in this Senate to any honourable senator who wishes to come into this Senate, produce an enormous document or a book which he feels he has the right to request be incorporated in Hansard and then read it. The Minister at the table or whoever is responsible has a duty to reply to the matter which is being put forward on the adjournment. I remark to honourable senators opposite that the 2 Ministers who sought to have the document incorporated in Hansard were acting in the best interests of the Senate. The other point is that Senator Rae moved that the document be tabled. My recollection of an incident involving myself which occurred in years past - I must admit that you were not the President then, Sir - is that Senator Willesee called on me to table a particular document. On that occasion nothing happened other than the President saying: There has been a request that you table the document, Senator Webster. You will please table it.' There was no further debate relating to it.

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