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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1847

Senator WEBSTER (Victoria) -On Saturday last there was a gathering of rural people in the town of Beaufort in Victoria. They came at great inconvenience to themselves. Indeed they invited members of Parliament at a most inconvenient time. It was a Saturday afternoon when local shows in other areas were running. I do not doubt that it was a very inconvenient time for Ministers of this Government who were invited to attend. However, the rally was particularly significant.

I thought that the number there was about 1,800 people but Press reports took it to as many as 3,000. The invitations were issued generally to members of Parliament.

Senator Poyser - That is not true. Whom did they invite?

Senator WEBSTER -Senator Poyser and some of his colleagues on the Government side have asked who was invited. Because this group had organised the rally at a most inconvenient time for members of Parliament I made an apology for those members on the Government side who did not turn up. Undoubtedly, any respectable member of Parliament in Victoria was invited.

Senator Poyser - Mr President,I raise a point of order. Senator Webster said that they invited any respectable member of Parliament. I assume that I am not respectable because I was not invited. Senator Brown was not invited. Senator Primmer was not invited. Senator Melzer was not invited. The honourable senator is lying to the Senate.

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