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Wednesday, 7 April 1971

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - In speaking to the motion that the statement be printed I wish to bring before the attention of the Senate the fact that this statement has been read already in another place. Could we not adopt the practice of a Minister introducing a statement and then asking for the statement to be incorporated in Hansard instead of, as in this case, honourable senators being required to sit here for 25 minutes and listen to the Minister reading a speech that we read in the newspapers this morning? I am not criticising anyone but I would like the procedure to be simplified so that in future when a statement is made here a day or even an hour after it was made in the other place all that is required is for the Minister to introduce the statement and request that it be incorporated in Hansard. I ask you, Mr Acting Deputy President, to take up this matter with the appropriate body.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Laucke) - Very well.

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