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Wednesday, 21 April 1971


Senator KENNELLY - My question is directed to you, Mr President. Was the last question which was asked a question on notice, a question without notice or a question that was sent by the Leader of the Government in the Senate to one of his supporters to ask of the Leader of the Government?


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON -

With your permission, Mr President, I shall answer the question. In fairness I think it should be made clear that frequently honourable senators on both sides of the chamber - that includes Senator Kennelly's side - have indicated to a Minister that they will ask a question in a certain direction. Without naming any honourable senator I can look about me and see in the chamber honourable senators who have adopted that procedure. That is the first point. The second point is that I speak in the name of the Prime Minister and for the other Ministers whom I represent in this chamber. In fact, in my capacity as Leader of the Government in the Senate 1 could be asked questions in relation to any one of the 26 portfolios. Of necessity I try - I hope I am doing the right thing - to anticipate something that may be asked of me so that I can give a comprehensive reply. If Senator Kennelly or other honourable senators do not want me to do that. I wish they would so indicate because that would make the position very much easier for me.







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