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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2258

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Webster -There is no substance to the point of order raised by Senator McAuliffe. It is quite appropriate for him to speak and ask the question at an appropriate time. It would serve the purpose of the Committee if we hurriedly dealt with the Department of Foreign Affairs and passed these estimates before the sitting is suspended for dinner.

Senator BAUME - I will be brief. I thank Senator McAuliffe for the suggestion that it could have been him. It was the Committee of which he was chairman where it was difficult- I did not say impossible- to catch the eye of the chairman and get the call.

Senator McAuliffe - Mr Chairman,I take a point of order. That is an accusation against my chairmanship of the meeting. When the report of Estimates Committee C is being debated I hope the honourable senator will again raise the matter. The honourable senator came into the Committee 's meeting for one brief second and sat down, and I spoke to him afterwards. I ask you, Mr Chairman, to ask Senator Baume to withdraw the accusation that I prohibited his asking questions at Senate Estimates Committee C.

The CHAIRMAN - I am unable to ask Senator Baume to withdraw the comment. I am not aware whether it is factual.

Senator McAuliffe - It is offensive to me, Mr Chairman.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! Senator McAuliffe, you may take up the matter later.

Sitting suspended from 6.1 to 8 p.m.

Progress reported.

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