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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1969

Senator James McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I want to make a very short contribution to this debate and that is to say that if the vast mass of listeners to whom Senator Withers directed his propagandist remarks could see as well as hear what goes on in this chamber they would laugh at the hypocrisy of a Leader of the Opposition who chides the Senate for not sitting long enough hours and for not getting through enough business when he himself spends less time in the chamber and takes less part in the debate than almost any other senator. I am well aware that the duties of the Leader of the Opposition require him to spend time outside the chamber. But I would contrast his performance with that of Senator Murphy when he was Leader of the Opposition; with that of Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson when he was Leader of the Government in the Senate; and with the performance of his opposite number in the other place, Mr Snedden. I would suggest, with respect, that if there is one senator who is not pulling his weight here it is Senator Withers, the Leader of the Opposition. (Opposition senators interjecting.)

The PRESIDENT - Order, Senator Young! There seems to be a problem in South Australia. I do not know what it is.

Senator Young-It is in this Senate. (Government Senators interjecting.)

The PRESIDENT - Order, Senator McLaren! I do not want to hear any more interjections. I want to get this matter out of the way.

Senator James McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In conclusion I would say to the Leader of the Opposition in this place, Senator Withers, that he should remind himself of the old adage of people who live in glass houses.

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