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Tuesday, 6 April 1971

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to you, Mr Deputy President. Since four minutes past three this afternoon I have been rising in my place endeavouring to get the call to ask a question. I have noted that some honourable senators opposite have been able to ask 2 or 3 questions. 1 have also noted that 3 or 4 honourable senators on this side of the chamber have been unable to get the call.

Senator Sir Magnus Cormack - I rise on a point of order, Mr Deputy President. Is the honourable senator asking a question or is he raising a matter which relates to a ruling of the Chair?

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Bull) - I ask Senator Keeffe to put his question to me.

Senator KEEFFE - I ask: What method of recording is adopted by you, Mr Deputy President, and Mr President when recording the names of those honourable senators who are endeavouring to ask questions? How often are names missed in the second round of questioning?

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT- I can only speak for myself. 1 cannot speak for the President. I have a list in front of me. My practice has been alternately to call an Opposition honourable senator and a Government honourable senator, provided they stand in their places. Senator Keeffe, 1 have your name on the list. On one occasion I looked at you but, for some reason, you did. not. rise. I assure you that I endeavour conscientiously to be as fair as possible. I record the names of honourable senators as I see them rise in places. One could not be expected to do any more.

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