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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2330

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) -I welcome the spirit in which Senator Rae has put forward his suggestion but 1 can assure him - and there are some extremely experienced honourable senators in this field in the chamber who would support me - that this is a very technical matter which is not really to be embarked upon at this stage of affairs. We cannot do justice now to what Senator Rae has suggested. There are a lot of complications involved and it would be preferable for this suggestion to be looked at again on an occasion when there is more time and when some real discussion can take place. There is an enormous amount of learning behind all this and what seems simple to Senator Rae about recording is not quite so simple.

Senator Rae - I have been involved in quite a bit of litigation about this.

Senator MURPHY - There are some who have an even greater experience of these precise problems and who have had long and intimate acquaintances with the difficulties of organisations and the way in which they work.

Senator Rae - I am not claiming any great expertise, only some knowledge of what the problems are.

Senator MURPHY - It would be better not to tamper with the matter. We on this side are not happy with the situation but we do not propose to tamper with the suggestion that was made by Senator James McClelland.

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