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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 208

The PRESIDENT - Before I formally call on the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator DrakeBrockman) 1 wish to address myself briefly to 2 matters. As all honourable senators are aware, Senator Cant, Prowse and Brown have been hospitalised. 1 have made inquiries on behalf of honourable senators about their progress, and I am pleased to report that the wives of 2 of the senators and the third senator himself have informed me that the senators are progressing well and that they hope to return to the Senate soon. The Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate spoke earlier today of the illness of both Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson and Senator Greenwood. I have inquired about the progress of these honourable senators and have offered them the facilities that accrue to honourable senators and which are available to all senators who may be ill in their own places.

The second matter I want to mention is a reply to a question asked earlier today by Senator Keeffe. This concerns the lineup of motor vehicles in front of Parliament House. I have made inquiries about this line-up and I have been informed that it is substantially due to the fact that traditional parking spaces at the Senate end of Parliament House have been eliminated while a new building is being constructed. I trust that when the parking spaces are restored this assembly of illegally parked cars, of which I am aware, will end. While I am no ecological fanatic, I consider that the amenities of this place are being polluted by the presence of motor vehicles. In my opinion no motor vehicles should be parked outside Parliament House. I am reminded by the Clerk that I have not referred to Senator Lillico after whose well-being I have inquired two or three times. I am informed that he is progressing satisfactorily and will return to the Senate soon.

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