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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 992


The PRESIDENT - Senator. Georges, are you rising on a point of order or do you wish to ask a question?

Senator GEORGES (QUEENSLAND) - I wish to ask a question but I did pass a remark' about the repressive attitude of the Attorney-General.

The PRESIDENT - Order! Senator, ask the question.

Senator GEORGES - I wish to ask the Attorney-General a question but it is not the question which I was going to ask in the first place. Are we to understand from the answer given to the last question that the Attorney-General is about to take repressive action against the Press because he disagrees with its ability to report correctly his statements and statements made by various Ministers?

Senator GREENWOOD - It will be interesting to see how the Press reports a question which contains the words 'repressive action against the Press' and the answer which I give. The emphatic answer ls no but I do express a concern and exercise the freedom of speech which every honourable senator has to reply to the Press which, by and large, is answerable to nobody for the prejudice, slanting and selective reporting of particular issues upon which some newspapers have a particular line to put forward. I believe that these things should be stated because they are demonstrably true. In our various ways all of us have experienced this.

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