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Tuesday, 26 August 1969

Senator ANDERSON - What the honourable senator says is undoubtedly true. Let me refresh the mind of the Senate with the circumstances. I brought to the Senate the statement that was made in another place by the Minister for External Affairs. I set about putting it on the record of the Senate. The act of putting it on the record would have enabled a debate to have taken place subsequently in the Senate. But the Senate did not choose to enable that to be done. The Senate did not give me leave to put the statement down. I was seeking to put it down on behalf of the Minister for External Affairs whom I represent in this place. By so doing, honourable senators denied the Senate the right to debate that statement. Subsequent to that, as Senator Greenwood has said, there has been a whole series of misrepresentations of what, in fact, the Minister for External Affairs said. I say with great respect that the simple way, even now, is to repent, if honourable senators want to - I would be very easy with them - let me put the statement down and let us have a debate on what the Minister said, because there is no doubt that the points made by Senator Greenwood arc well founded.

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