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Thursday, 21 September 1972
Page: 1124

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT - Order! I wish to make a statement in regard to the address that was given by Senator Greenwood in the course of which one page containing a table was incorporated in Hansard by leave of the Senate. Senator Willesee made a remark to the effect that the necessity to examine a document applied only to the Opposition, not to the Government.

Senator Willesee - I asked whether it applied only to the Opposition because it did last night. A request for incorporation was held up for quite some minutes.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT - I want to make it perfectly clear to the Senate that it is now considered that when permission is sought to incorporate a document it should first be examined so that the Senate will know whether it is suitable for incorporation. I think that is the reason behind the decision. It is not a Party issue or anything of that nature. I think that Senator Willesee will know of a certain incident that happened recently. I think it indicates to the Senate that it should view documents before they are incorporated in Hansard. I make that statement to make it clear that this is done purely on a parliamentary basis.

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