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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1954

Senator WOOD (QUEENSLAND) - 1 ask a question of the Leader of the Government in the Senate. In view of an accusation by the Prime Minister that a man who is said to be a sober member of Parliament was drunk, can the Leader advise me of the redress which I would have in the Senate if, after the next parliamentary function, the Prime Minister in Parliament accused me of being drunk, despite the fact that I never go beyond drinking pineapple juice, lemonade or orangeade?

The PRESIDENT - Order! The honourable senator knows the Standing Orders. So does Senator Murphy.

Senator MURPHY - I am afraid that any such statement would have to be characterised as fiction. Anybody who could imagine that the honourable senator would be intoxicated would be well on the way, if not to winning a Nobel Prize for fiction, at least to getting payment for his efforts in fantasy equivalent to the sum paid for the painting ' Blue Poles '.

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