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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Supply) (10.12) - I agree with the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Murphy) that it is desirable (o deal with the matters seriatim. However, 1 have some reservations about some of his proposals. I do not propose to canvass them at length. I would prefer to have the 2 proposals as I have put them, rather than Senator Little's proposed amendment on the one hand, or Senator Murphy's proposed amendment on the other hand. We can deal with them as they come along. We will know our minds when we come to the vote. With the leave of the Senate I am proposing to add words to the existing paragraph (f). I move:

At the end of paragraph (f) add the words 'and under such rules as the Senate may adopt.'

I am told that there are questions of privilege and matters which need to be dealt with subsequently. I do not wish to muddy the waters by trying to deal with those matters while we have this motion before us. In other words, we need some rules in relation to the televising or broadcasting of proceedings; otherwise the companies would not conform. They need protection, and equally the Senate must have protection. But that is another matter. 1 do not think that the philosophy is a bad thing lo include, but I am not prepared to go to the barricades on that point. ( suggest that we deal seriatim with the motion in my name. Senator Murphy has proposed that at the end of paragraph 1 the words be added: 'the report be adopted and.' I have no objection to that.

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