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Tuesday, 14 May 1968

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! A Minister does not need leave or permission at any stage to table a paper in this House.

Mr Crean - Mr Deputy Speaker, with all respect, I can understand the position where the Minister makes a statement, but he has produced a document of 20-odd pages which has not been read in the House. The Minister claims that he has the right to present it as part of his speech. Now, I submit that-

Mr Bowen - I am not asking that it be incorporated in Hansard.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! The Minister has not asked for the incorporation in Hansard of the paper. The Minister, by leave, has made a statement and tabled a paper. He is within his rights in doing so. There is no discussion, and no business is before the House in that regard.

Mr Crean - As long as I am under no misapprehension that it means that the document is to be incorporated in Hansard-

Mr Whittorn - It will be tabled and circulated.

Mr Crean - 1 am told it is to be tabled and circulated. I have no doubt that if it were not circulated inside this House by the methods of this Government, it would be circulated outside. That is the way it does these things.

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