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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 575

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is my intention to speak in the adjournment debate this evening for a limited time only. I wish to express my personal disappointment at the attitude adopted by the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Drake-Brockman, about 20 minutes ago after a point of order had been taken earlier concerning the inability of Labor Party spokesmen in the chamber this evening to obtain air time to put a case for and on behalf of the Labor movement on the Budget, and to answer some of the shocking allegations that have been made against the Australian Broadcasting Commission, its Commissioners, all of whom have been appointed by the Government, and the management and the staff of the Commission, all of whom are subject to the provisions of the Public Service Act and to the Crimes Act. No opportunity was given to members of the Labor movement, while the proceedings of the Senate were being broadcast this evening, to rebut the. serious allegations that were made against those gentlemen.

Senator Carrickoffered to defer, subject to the advice of his Acting Leader. I would have thought that the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate, in all fairness, would have agreed to Senator Carrick's offer to defer to enable a member of the Australian Labor Party to put the case on behalf of senior public servants, medium range public servants and junior public servants who have been smeared, vilified and castigated today by members of the Government. On their behalf, 1 raise serious objection to the attitude adopted by the Minister for Air who is Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate.

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