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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3442

Senator COLSTON —by leave-I wish to speak to the matter raised by Senator Walters. I was in the Chair at the time that the remarks which led to some consternation among some Opposition members were made by Senator Jack Evans . On three occasions I ruled that there was no point of order in the matters that were raised. On the last occasion, I went to some length in explaining that I did not think there had been any transgression of standing order 418. I had to be as impartial as I properly could be, which I believe I always am when I am in the chair. I made that ruling and I think it would be quite untoward for any honourable senator, at this later stage, to canvass that ruling and ask Senator Evans to withdraw the remarks that I ruled had not transgressed standing order 418.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Townley) —You will recognise, Senator Colston, that because of your previous rulings, I have not asked that Senator Jack Evans withdraw anything.