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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1711

Senator Wheeldonhaving directed a question to the Attorney-General-

The PRESIDENT - Does this matter come within the ministerial responsibility of the AttorneyGeneral of the Commonwealth of Australia?

Senator MURPHY -I think I can answer that.

Senator Greenwood - I raise a point of order. This is the second time today a question of this sort has been asked I did not raise any objection to Senator Gietzelt 's question but I do raise an objection here. This question in terms of the facts given by Senator Wheeldon relates wholly to allegations- they are bad enough in themselvesin relation to a State election. In my submission it is not within our Standing Orders as a matter of public affairs for which a Minister is responsible. I submit that the question is out of order and it should not be regarded as an opportunity for a Minister to make further damaging comments.

The PRESIDENT - Order! I uphold the point of order.

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