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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1501

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Health) - I concur completely with the generality of what you have suggested, Mr President. I think we all recognise that what you have proposed is in the interests of the management of the Senate. I also think that Senator Cavanagh has a point. lt may well be that, when the very first petition of a particular nature is presented and read, any other honourable senator who has an identical petition should stand up and say: 'Mr President, I have an identical petition which I ask to be dealt with in the same way'. An honourable senator could say that in a minimum of words. It should not be necessary for an honourable senator to go through the procedure of saying that a petition is properly worded, that is has the Clerk's certificate and that it ends with a prayer. He should be able to stand in his place and simply say: 'Mr President, 1 have an identical petition', and it should be dealt wilh in the same way. At the end of the presentation of petitions a motion could be moved that those petitions be received. I think the point that is being made is that the honourable senator who receives a petition from a certain number of people has to be seen to be in his own right presenting that petition. I think that that is the point which is being made. Your suggestion. Mr President, would reduce the verbiage involved in the presentation of a petition. We should be able to do something along those lines.

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