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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2359

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) Noticing that this is a money Bill and that the time limit on my speech is an hour, I might now take the advantage denied to me by the guillotine earlier in the day. I propose to refer to a few of the items in the Appropriation Bill, which has been passed, not just to criticise those items, but to use them as a sort of an index upon which to peg a debate. I begin by saying that the Department of Primary Industry has escaped any scrutiny whatsoever. Of course, there are some people in this place who pride themselves rather jealously upon the interest that they take in primary industry and the resentment they have of the damage that has been done since this Government came into power. I shall be asking the Minister for Primary Industry (Senator Wriedt) before this sessional period finishes to give me an actual instance to illustrate the basis of revaluation compensation.

Having indicated that possibility, I just want to draw to the attention of the Senate that for the evil honourable senators opposite do, I can return a little gracefulness. It has been indicated that they might miss their party if I kept on speaking for the full hour. Then if I occupied them on the adjournment with a few quorums, their party might be somewhat interrupted. I deplore the disgraceful proceedings of the whole day and I express my complete contempt for them by now indicating what I might have uttered by way of criticism but forbear to do in the spirit that I have mentioned to the honourable senators upon whom I now look down.

Debate (on motion by Senator Gietzelt) adjourned.

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