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Wednesday, 16 October 1974
Page: 1782

The PRESIDENT -I listened very closely to Senator Greenwood and to Senator Everett, and I felt that they raised matters that had not already been raised in the second reading debate. But Senator Webster was approximating the tenor of the second reading debate, and I was about to intervene when the Minister took this point of order. I ask Senator Webster to confine himself to fresh argument which may be introduced or to any misapprehensions arising from the second reading stage.

Senator WEBSTER -Mr President,I acknowledge your ruling on the matter. I was interested to note that the Minister for the Media (Senator Douglas McClelland) should point out to you that there could be raised at the third reading stage only matters that had not been raised previously, or reasons why a Bill should not be read a third time. I was attempting to put forward arguments in those areas. I acknowledge that the Minister for the Media became agitated because I was pointing out some of the matters which concerned Tasmania and the fact that Labor senators from Tasmania had not directed their attention to the subject of unemployment in Tasmania. I consider that to be a very new subject to which Labor senators from Tasmania should be directing their attention. I would have thought that it was very appropriate for the Minister and Senator McLaren to seek arguments and suggestions as to how the problems in Tasmania could be cured. They would embrace a senator very rapidly if he could help them out of the economic morass into which this socialist Government is getting Tasmania and Australia at the present time. However, knowing that the Minister is anxious to secure the passage of this Bill and knowing of the embarrassment which he is feeling because of the facts which I am giving at the present time, I shall leave my argument on this matter to a more appropriate time such as a debate on an appropriation Bill.

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