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Wednesday, 12 December 1973
Page: 2748

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) - I wish to speak to the motion. I ask whether Senator Webster is prepared to table the document before I proceed. If he is not, I will proceed to speak to the motion. I have asked Senator Webster to table the document and he has shown no indication of doing so. When the Senate is dealing with unscrupulous, subtle, pernicious, untruthful, political propaganda- a campaign of untruths- it must have the right to nail these lies. Senator Webster has been requested to table the document. He has been asked not only to prove that the source of the document who he claimed was a doctor was really a doctor, but also to supply the Senate with documented proof of the claims that he has made. If Senator Webster has any principles at all he will table this document so that it will bear the scrutiny of the Senate and of the whole public at large. The public is looking for the truth now. This is the forum in which the truth will out. We have had a sustained and very expensive propaganda campaign by a very small proportion of self-interested doctors. Many of their colleagues are ashamed at the nature of this campaign because they know it is encased in untruths and conceived in deceit. I ask that Senator Webster table the document. I believe that he is bound by his conscience to put that document on the table.

Motion (by Senator Little) proposed:

That the question be now put.

Senator Milliner - Mr President-

The PRESIDENT - Order! There is no debate once the motion has been moved:'That the question be now put'.

Senator Milliner -Have I no right to reply?

The PRESIDENT - No. Senator Milliner, resume your seat. The Standing Orders are perfectly clear that once the motion has been moved That the question be now put', it must be put forthwith by the Chair without debate.

Senator Laucke - May I seek your indulgence to point out-

The PRESIDENT - No, you cannot. I have no discretion.

Senator Laucke -There is no document. It is a reference to a document.





Question resolved in the affirmative.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Milliner's) be agreed to.

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