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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
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Senator McLAREN - My question is supplementary to the question I asked the Minister for Civil Aviation a few moments ago. It arises out the answer he gave to me when he said he could not anticipate who would be the back bench members of the Parliament in the. future. I thought that my question was quite clear and that the statement he made last night was quite clear.

The PRESIDENT - Order! I ask the honourable senator to ask his question and not to make an explanation.

Senator McLAREN - I am asking the question, Mr President. My question arises out of the answer that was given to mc by the Minister who said that he could not anticipate. I would think that it was perfectly clear who the back bench members would be.

The PRESIDENT - Order! We all know this. We have been sitting here. We all know what the Minister's answer was. The honourable senator can ask a question arising out of the answer he received from the Minister. I ask the honourable senator to ask his question in these terms, please.

Senator McLAREN - Does the Minister anticipate that there will be more exMinisters becoming back benchers, and is this the reason why he has made this statement to the Parliament, so that these people will be satisfied with accommodation over and above and before the people who are already on the list of applicants for housing in Canberra?

Senator COTTON - No, I do not think so. I indicated quite clearly that the honourable senator will occupy his present position for many years.

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