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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1659

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) - This may be the question to end all questions. It is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise. Is it not the quintessence of hypocrisy that Her Majesty's Minister of State for Customs and Excise should admit a book into Australia, yet none of his colleagues has the intestinal fortitude to defend him?

Senator COTTON - As the honourable senator said, perhaps this is the question to end all questions. It is the kind of question to which we have referred earlier. What is question time all about? It is supposed to be used in a genuine search for information, with properly constructed answers being given. It is not about throwing dead cats around the room. I cannot help the honourable senator any further.

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