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Monday, 28 April 1980
Page: 1807

Senator CARRICK (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate) - by leave- Whatever may be the rights or wrongs of an industrial dispute involving people who work in this chamber, there is an overwhelming responsibility on all parliamentarians. No parliament can claim that because of some industrial dispute it is incapable of carrying out its business. To do so would be the denigration of responsibility. Whatever the difficulties, whether from industrial dispute confrontation or not, or whatever the irritations may be, the work of the Parliament should go on. It is not for us to decide the rights and wrongs of an industrial dispute. In the end it is for you, Mr President, and Mr Speaker to do so. If it will help the proceedings of this Parliament for notes to be given to Hansard writers and for second reading speeches to be circulated, certainly honourable senators on the Government side will co-operate so that the Government at least discharges its duties, which is the proper duty of a parliament, whatever may be happening in the circumstances surrounding it.

Senator Townley - Mr President,I take a point of order. Obviously Senator Georges does not know his Standing Orders. Standing Order 174 reads:

The doors shall be closed and locked as soon after the lapse of three minutes as the President shall think proper to direct;

Obviously, if the President does not think the doors can be locked in an efficient way, he does not need to so direct.

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