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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 1617

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - As a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Health and Welfare, I have listened to this debate with a great deal of interest. Frankly, I find myself in agreement with practically everyone who has spoken in it, including representatives of the Government and of the Australian Democratic Labor Party.

Senator Murphy - This is the House of consensus.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

My Leader, Senator Murphy, says: 'This is the House of consensus'. It is only by a discussion of this nature that we will find the best method of tackling the problem. But, as the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson) pointed out in his remarks, this matter has been on the notice paper since 2nd November 1970. Because of the great work load that has been put on the members of the Senate Standing Committee on Health and Welfare, it has not been possible up to this stage, for the Senate to determine whether or not the matter should be referred to that Standing Committee.

The tragedy of the situation is that the fact that Senator Murphy placed this matter on the notice paper on 2nd November 1970 obviously indicates that at least he and the Labor movement at that stage were concerned about the pockets of poverty that existed in Australia at that time.

Senator Murphy - How much better off we would all be if my motion had been carried.

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