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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2400

Senator MULVIHILL (New South Wales) - I make this dramatic intervention in this debate by rushing into the chamber because I just heard the utterances of Senator Sir Magnus Cormack and I wanted to dwell on another point. The honourable senator talked about the dignity of this Senate. I had occasion last week to be in north Queensland with members of the Standing Committee on the Environment and Conservation. I had occasion to read the Cairns newspapers in which reference was made to the forthcoming State election. In a newspaper was an advertisement by the National Party referring to a meeting and mentioning the people who would address the meeting. The list showed the name of the Hon. D. Anthony and the name 'Mr R. Maunsell'. If we are going to be honest with ourselves I think that if the Mr R. Maunsell is Senator Maunsell of this Senate he was entitled to be addressed and described as Senator Maunsell.

I have just raced into this chamber to say that if we are going to have even-handed justice in this matter I hope that the President of the Senate will inquire into this and look at the Cairns newspapers and National Party advertisements. We should ensure that even a member of a party different from my Party is not sold short. We should make sure that this person is called 'Senator R. Maunsell' and not 'Mr Maunsell'. It is not a laughing matter. We are dealing with the dignity of this Senate. People are claiming that my Party is trying to denigrate the Senate. I know that the Premier of Queensland has a sinister attitude towards this Party and to the Parliament of the Commonwealth. I think I have made my point. I hope that you, Mr Chairman, will convey my message to the President of the Senate. 1 hope a scrutiny will be made of the Cairns newspapers published over the last fortnight. The fact that a Country Party senator or a National Party senator is just called 'Maunsell' and not 'Senator Maunsell' I think compounds the offence about which Senator Sir Magnus Cormack was complaining.

Proposed expenditure passed.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Proposed expenditure, $88,85 1 ,000.

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