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Thursday, 17 April 1980
Page: 1564

Senator McLAREN (South Australia) - by leave- I move:

That the Senate take note of the paper.

In reading through this report I was very interested to notice that Wilkinson Sword Pty Ltd was mentioned in the inquiry. It reminded me of the last time that Wilkinson Sword was mentioned in the Parliament. That occurred when a previous president of the Senate, Senator Cormack, saw fit to allow the Senate to be used to promote Wilkinson Sword by arming the Usher of the Black Rod with a sword. That is something about which I complained to the President most bitterly at the time. I objected to any officer of the Senate being armed with a weapon of war. I made my feelings known to the then President.

I look forward to seeing the day when the Labor Party will have the numbers in the Senate to carry a motion to disarm the Usher of the Black Rod. I live in great fear that we might see the day when a senator may be suspended from the Senate and may refuse to go. I would hate to see any honourable senator- I may be that person- ushered out of the door on the end of a Wilkinson sword. I live in great fear of that happening. Perhaps I shall have some more to say about this matter when we debate the report in full. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.

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