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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2615

The PRESIDENT - Order! I do not think that the honourable senator should continue to reflect on proceedings in another place.

Senator WOOD - Statements were made outside, too. I am concerned that the dignity of Parliament should be maintained. We know that from time to time things happen. Things have happened in this chamber. One happened in relation to the place in which I sit. A member of another party was involved. One Labor senator said to me: 'You have never mentioned it'. I said: No'. We are expected to behave decently and to act respectfully to each other. We should not accuse people of things of which they are not guilty. Dr Forbes is not a particular friend of mine by any means, but I believe in honesty in these sorts of things. I think that the Prime Minister tends to debase Parliament and parliamentarians when he lowers himself in the way that he did.

I am raising these 2 matters now because we are nearing the end of the session, and there probably will not be a chance for me to do so next week. The Parliament and the nation should remember the sincerity of the Prime Minister on Saturday when the prices referendum and the incomes referendum are held. The Prime Minister has put these questions forward. I do not believe that he is sincere. In those circumstances, I hope that the people of Australia will treat those (questions in the correct way and vote No, No.

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