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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2297

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - It has been the usual practice in the Senate for many years, as far as I know, that when an honourable senator is speaking and he is called to order by the Chair he does as the Chair suggests. From time to time, in the course of debate, interjections float across this chamber. It has been the practice in the past, if an honourable senator believes that an interjection is objectionable, to draw the attention of the Chairman to it immediately. This evening, an interjection from Senator Young was allowed to float across the chamber without anybody taking a point of order. I suggest to the Senate that the Chairman of Committees probably did not even hear it because of the interjections and-

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - He has a good left ear.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I do not know whether honourable senators have hud an opportunity to sit in the chair when debates become intense and interjections are occurring. But I can assure the Senate, as one who has had experience over a long period in that chair, that it is most difficult to hear some of the interjections which occur. 1 believe that, in this case, the Chairman gave the only ruling that he could give at the time. If Senator Wheeldon believed that the interjection which floated across the chamber was objectionable, he had the opportunity at the time to rise in his place and draw the attention of the Chairman to it. He did not decide >o lake this action. It was not until another incident occurred later on that he drew the attention of the Chair to this matter. I do not believe that this motion of dissent from the ruling of the Chairman should be upheld.

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