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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1937

Senator McAULIFFE (Queensland) -Mr President,I seek leave to make a brief statement on this matter, as chairman of a committee.

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Senator McAULIFFE - I have some concern about this decision. I feel that if evidence is taken in camera there is a reason for doing it. Now this evidence which was taken in camera will be published. I offer this word of caution: I would hate to see a decision made on this matter here and now. I would like to see it referred to the appropriate Senate committee to see whether this procedure is in order and to obtain its imprimatur before we finalise the matter. I say this because such a decision could be taken as a precedent for other committees.

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