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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 578

Senator WEBSTER (Victoria) - I wish to refer briefly to the fact that tonight we have heard members of the Opposition claiming that they were badly done by in the debate this afternoon because they did not have the opportunity to have their views broadcast; that they were denied broadcast time when speakers from the Opposition should have been making their views known. The core of this matter is that they wish to deny to members of the Democratic Labor Party and to the independent senators the right to have their speeches broadcast. They wish to have the opportunity to speak while proceedings are being broadcast but wish to deny the same opportunity to minority parties represented here.

A further point was made by Senator Douglas McClelland. He did not want to talk about the Budget; he wanted to argue about the Australian Broadcasting Commission and he claims he should have been given an opportunity to do so. The core of this matter, Mr Acting President, although we do not hear it from members of the Opposition, is this: Last Wednesday night when proceedings of the Senate were broadcast the Australian Labor Party used nearly all of the time. Senator Willesee, Senator Cavanagh and Senator Wriedt had their full allotment of time while the proceedings were being broadcast.

Senator Cavanagh - How much time did the Government have?

Senator WEBSTER - I am dealing with the time used by the Opposition because that is what you are arguing about. Last Wednesday when proceedings were being broadcast the Opposition took most of the time and neither of the 2 minority sectors in this chamber was given any time. Why does the Opposition deny them the opportunity now? This represents the unfair attitude that the ALP always takes.

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