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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 50


Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ask a question of you, Mr President, for the purpose of bringing my question which you disallowed into conformity with standing order 417. Referring to the statement that it would be improper to comment on the remarks of the holder of the office of Governor of the State, I ask you, with respect, what word in my question is disrespectful to the holder of that office or what word is seeking to influence the Senate's deliberations. I ask that question so that I can delete the offending word and make my question conform to standing order 417.


The PRESIDENT - Senator Cavanagh, I took up the matter of standing order 417 because it began to appear that a question asked earlier contravened that standing order. I regarded the matter as then bordering on the area of an offence against standing order 417. I realised that I probably discomposed you or left you with the feeling that I had treated you unfairly. So, as soon as the matter was disposed of, I looked towards you again and called you in case you wished to ask the question again in a way that would offend neither me nor standing order 417.







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