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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2330

Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) - It is difficult to give an answer to the question asked by Senator Mulvihill because it poses so many problems,I would have thought - and I say this off the cuff -that that person would still be a member of the organisation because he has not complied with the rules laid down for giving notice of resignation. Even though there was an attempt by the organisation to accept his verbal resignation in the circumstances which Senator Mulvihill posed, that person was not informed by the secretary.

Senator Murphy - They could give him a note at the office then and there.

Senator GREENWOOD - Senator Murphy constructively says that if a note were given to him then and there at the office it would meet the situation. I agree with what Senator Murphy suggests. The Government will examine the operations of this procedure and will be receptive to any comments forthcoming as to how it has worked in practice. The amendments arise from the Government's perception of the problems that arose and were revealed in one court case and possibly in others. The Government's continuing interest will be available for those who feel that this procedure will need some amelioraton in the future.

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