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Thursday, 21 August 1969

The PRESIDENT - It is the usual practice, so far as the Senate is concerned, that when an honourable senator announces him self as leader of a party, I recognise him as such. That does not involve any other recognition. I extend to the leader of the party the courtesy that I would naturally extend to a leader. I give him preference in calls and things of that kind because he is the leader of a party. Beyond that I have no further association with or control over the matter. Regarding the reading of speeches, I have tried to make it clear this morning that we have been handling the situation reasonably well. Sometimes the rule is breached slightly. Sometimes the offence is perhaps a little more noticeable than at other times. However, the decision as to whether the relevant standing order is being breached still rests in the hands of the person occupying the chair at the time.

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