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Friday, 26 May 1972
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The PRESIDENT - Have you been trying to attract my attention, Senator Georges?

Senator GEORGES (QUEENSLAND) - I thought you would not invite my participation in question time, Mr President. I do wish to ask a question without notice.

The PRESIDENT - I am not inviting you to participate; I am just trying to extend the courtesy to you.

Senator GEORGES - I wish to direct a question without notice to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate. I ask: Who is the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service? Would it not be of advantage to the Senate if all questions on industrial matters were to be directed at the moment not to Senator Wright but to Senator Greenwood? It must be obvious to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate that there are friction and confusion here.

The PRESIDENT - Order! You are givin information. Ask your question.

Senator GEORGES - Does the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate agree that it is obvious that there is confusion between -

Senator Young - Start again.

Senator GEORGES - I will not start again.

The PRESIDENT - Order! Senator Georges, please resume your seat while you work out your question. I will give you time to think about it.

Senator GEORGES - I am prepared to proceed with the question.

The PRESIDENT - I would prefer you to give it further consideration.

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