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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2182

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - I wish to direct a question to you, Mr President. If I should ask for leave to play the proposed new anthem written by a Royal Air Force Wing Commander and if such leave were granted by the Senate, would you add your voice to that of other persons who believe that this anthem should not be excluded from the Prime Minister's ballot simply because the author is an Englishman? I inform you, Mr President, that the recording is of only one minute 's duration. Although last week you and Senator Murphy quite rightly had reservations about my singing it, I can assure you that you will find the recorded Welsh choir very impressive.

The PRESIDENT - I do not know whether my voice, added to your supplications to the Prime Minister, would carry any more weight than yours. On the second matter, as to whether you should be given leave to have it played in the Senate, I have no objection to that provided the Senate gives you leave to do so. You may at a later stage, when the placing of business is being dealt with, seek that leave from honourable senators. If you are sufficiently persuasive they might allow it.

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