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Tuesday, 4 May 1971

Senator LAUCKE (South Australia) - In similar circumstances to those referred to by Senator Marriott, in discussing our report in Estimates Committee C reference was made - this was not to be included in our report - to the rather lengthy time that elapsed before members had access to the Hansard report of the proceedings of our Committee. In this there was absolutely no criticism of officers of the Hansard staff, who I feel have done a magnificent job under extremely heavy pressure in producing, with the expedition with which they did, both the daily Hansard and all the other literature that has arisen in connection with committee work, for they were working under difficulty in the first place. However, my Committee thought that consideration should be given wherever possible to the provision of the necessary facilities. Possibly it is in the printing department that the delays have occurred.

Senator Cotton - That is my understanding.

Senator LAUCKE - Yes. My Committee thought that consideration might be given to the provision of facilities that would enable the Hansard reports to be made available to members of the Senate more quickly than has been the case. I stress most warmly that members of Estimates Committee C, in common with those of Senator Marriott's Committee, were high in their praise of what had been done by the Hansard staff, but thought that there were some weaknesses in the system which could well be looked at to ensure greater expedition in the presentation of the printed Hansard of committee proceedings.

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