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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 1886

Senator McLAREN (South Australia) - Mr President,I rise to put on record the fact that on the first occasion on which Senator Wright drew your attention to the state of the Senate, the only members of the Liberal Party who were present were himself and Senator Rae. On the second occasion on which he drew your attention to the state of the Senate, about 3 minutes later, the only Opposition senators who were present were again himself and Senator Rae. Ever since, the only Opposition senators who have been present, apart from a brief entrance by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Withers), have been Senators Rae and

Wright. Mr President, I believe that the action of Senator Wright in calling your attention to the state of the Senate was a deliberate attempt on his part to stifle the things being brought forward by Senator Gietzelt and Senator Georges. Senator Georges was speaking at that time. I do not think it says very much for the scruples of Senator Wright, who always professes to uphold the great principles of this Parliament, when he uses every opportunity to stand up and try to stifle matters which people legitimately bring forward. If those honourable senators are wrong, they have to answer for their statements outside even if they do not have to answer for them in this place. I think that Senator Wright has done himself a great disservice in the eyes of this Parliament and in the eyes of the public at large by what he has said and done here tonight.

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