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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1463

Senator CAVANAGH (South Australia) - I oppose the motion. In discussions on the committee system, 1 have continually raised the point that in days gone by it was unthinkable that the Senate should give up broadcast time for the purpose of committee work. The position is more difficult now. I opposed restriction of senator's rights whenthe Standing Orders were amended so that senators might speak for only i hour at such times as the proceedings were being broadcast. Broadcast time is of such importance and value to senators that there should be no reduction of their right to speak at such time. In the last week that we were in session we gave away prtctically the whole of broadcast time on the Wednesday, other than question time, which is broadcast during the dinner adjournment on non-broadcast days, and the broadcast was resumed when we came in for the adjournment debate. It would appear that broadcasting time in the Senate is of no value if we can afford to sacrifice broadcast time on Wednesday for committee work. I do not see why we should adhere to the agreement or the standing order whereby the time limit of speeches on broadcasting day is reduced. I register a protest against the giving away of valuable broadcasting time for the purpose of committee work, which is not broadcast to the general public. I oppose the motion.

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