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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 776

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to you, Mr President. I am anxious to clear my mind with regard to what is considered appropriate dress for visitors to your gallery in this chamber. I ask this question following the refusal to permit a South Australian lady to sit in the Speaker's Gallery in the House of Representatives during the last week of sitting although she was attired in a well tailored slacksuit. Will you give the Senate your ruling for the guidance of honourable senators? What is the responsibility of honourable senators with regard to advice to their guests, who wish to avail themselves of the hospitality of your gallery, concerning the mode of dress?

The PRESIDENT - The honourable senator's question is an involved one. Firstly I content myself at this juncture by saying that I cannot be responsible or held in any degree liable, to make any comment upon the standards that are applied in another place. Secondly I would like to say that he is a bold man who makes comments on ladies' dress. Thirdly, in regard to the standards of dress that are required for visitors in the galleries of the Senate, I shall take into consideration the questions as to what is suitable, attire for ladies, having disposed of the question of suitable attire for gentlemen by referring it to the House Committee to see whether it can draw up a sumptuary law for senators' friends when they attend the gallery.

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