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Thursday, 16 December 1993
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Senator KNOWLES (3.15 p.m.) —I simply make the point that no-one, least of all Senator Campbell, is having a go at UNICEF. The fact of the matter is that it is Senator McMullan's inefficiency that has created this situation. There are many unemployed people in Australia who are of greater value in a charitable sense who he should give jobs to—get them to do the cards, and not have them done in the United States. Surely the minister has a responsibility to the unemployed people of this country, yet he wanders out of this chamber, totally disregarding them. Why does he not give the jobs to Australians? If the minister is going to walk out of this chamber—as he has now done—and not care less about the unemployed people of Australia, all I can say is that it is typical of this Labor government.

Senator Kemp —Mr Deputy President, I raise a point of order. I seek your great knowledge on this matter. There has been a gross discourtesy by the Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services (Senator McMullan). There was a debate occurring and he picked up his papers and walked out. I wonder whether there is any standing order which requires a modicum of courtesy to senators on the part of the minister.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I do not preside over etiquette; I preside over standing orders. That is not one, as you would know, Senator Kemp.

  Question resolved in the affirmative.