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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2265

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Webster -The Committee is directing its attention to divisions 250 to 258 which are under the heading of Department of Foreign Affairs. The proposed expenditure is $354m. It is quite appropriate for an honourable senator to refer to the reports of various committees.

Senator BAUME - In answer to Senator Cavanagh I point out that in fairness to Senator McAuliffe who, before the suspension of the sitting had expressed some concern at what I said, I was anxious to resume my remarks so as to be certain to give him a chance to answer me as he wishes to do.

Senator McAuliffe - The honourable senator will get his chance in relation to Committee C.

Senator BAUME -That is fair enough. The point I want to make and the point I make again is that I sat in on questioning by several Estimates committees. I formed an opinion that it was not always equally possible to get the call. I just make the point that that is one way in which the value of the committees may be diminished. That is the only point I wish to make.

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