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Monday, 20 December 1993
Page: 5262

Senator BISHOP (2.49 p.m.) —The minister seems to have a problem with language, which we have observed before. He does not seem to know the meaning of words, particularly the word `crude'—which I let go through to the keeper. I have asked the attendant to bring me the Macquarie Dictionary. I will send it over to Senator Evans—he has a problem with language—so that he will be able to better understand the language. I know that I am running the risk of giving him a tome that he might throw, but I think the dictionary is sufficiently heavy as to not quite reach across the chamber. I suggest to Senator Gareth Evans that if he is stuck for a word to use to express a precise answer to decent questions, he could use the Macquarie Dictionary.