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Friday, 30 April 1971

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Laucke (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Are there any requests?

Senator Sir Kennethh Anderson - Before you put the question, Sir, let me say that I do not want anyone to be under any misunderstanding. I would be perfectly happy for the Committee to deal with the Bill this way. If it is not the will of the Committee to deal with it this way, I suggest that it be dealt with under the heads of Committees A, B, C, D and E. It is a matter for the Committee.

Senator Cant - I seek some clarification. Are we dealing with the Estimates as a whole and are the 5 Ministers here and prepared to answer questions?

Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson - The situation is that we had officers here. They were here for a fair amount of time today because of the extended debate on the first reading. As we expect to rise at a few minutes to 4, I suggested a few moments ago that it would be unnecessary for them to stay. If Senator Cant wants to cover a wide range, perhaps we could deal with Estimates Committee A first.

Senator Murphy - May I suggest that we deal with the Estimates of the Committees in the sequence A, B, C, D and E?

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