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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2292

The PRESIDENT - I would like to say to honourable senators that the dignity, the status and the authority of the Senate are not being enhanced by the constant situation with which I am now confronted of making the decision, with the authority of honourable senators, to suspend an honourable senator from the chamber. I have been a practising politician and a back bench senator and I know what happens in the heat of debate. I am sure that the progress of the business of the Senate is not being enhanced by this situation. Senator Keeffe is a man of great experience and I am sure that in the circumstances he will reconsider his position. I am appealing to him in the interests of the Senate, not in any Party interest.

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