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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 2036

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr President, 1 suggest that it would be wrong for the Senate to carry a motion of this nature at this stage having regard to the antics that have gone on in this chamber at such a late hour of the night on the part of 2 Government Ministers. After numerous attempts by Senator McAuliffe to see sanity, common sense and reason prevail in this chamber by seeking to have a multiplicity of documents incorporated in Hansard, as though they were Flanagan and Allen the 2 Ministers joined in the chorus: No, no, a thousand times no'. This was after Senator McAuliffe at the outset of his remarks had offered to table all of the documents from which he was made to read verbatim. Frankly, I regard this motion as an insult to a colleague of mine who at a late hour of the evening wanted genuinely to present a case and who had every obstacle put in his way by 2 Ministers. As far as I am personally concerned, believing it would be an affront to my colleague, I object to the motion moved by Senator Rae, after my colleague, Senator McAuliffe, has gone to the tedious, long and exhausting task of reading every word in these documents which could well have been tabled or indeed incorporated in Hansard in half a second's time. I oppose the motion.

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