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Wednesday, 24 February 1971

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to you. Mr Deputy President. Is it in order for honourable senators to mis-state the decision of the Senate, as has been done on 2 successive days? I refer you to the statement contained in the question asked by Senator Milliner, which was also contained in a question asked, I think, by Senator Fitzgerald, yesterday, to the effect that the Senate had called for an increase in pensions when in fact no such decision has been made by the Senate. The only occasion on which this matter was discussed was during the debate on an urgency motion when the issue before the Senate was whether the Senate should adjourn to a particular date. I ask: Is there any redress which honourable senators have in order to prevent inaccurate statements being made repetitiously in this chamber?

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Bull) - 1 cannot adjudicate on the accuracy of such statements. It is the responsibility of the Minister to whom the question is directed to answer as he thinks fit.

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