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Wednesday, 20 November 1974
Page: 2560

Senator BUTTON (VICTORIA) -Mr President,my question is addressed to you as the Presiding Officer of this House. In view of recent Press statements, would you consider the possibility of installing a bed of hot coals on the Opposition side of the chamber to enable Opposition senators to reaffirm their loyalty to their Leader, Mr Snedden, on each occasion they enter the chamber to vote on a division?

The PRESIDENT - I recognise that it is the responsibility of the Presiding Officer to provide facilities within reason for honourable senators. I think that if the honourable senator's suggestion were adopted it would keep some honourable senators on their toes but I think I would have to consult with the Leader of the Opposition to ascertain whether the members of his Party would follow any decision I made in this respect. I should think too that perhaps we may have to have other amenities for some honourable senators so they can hot-foot it down to the first aid department. Perhaps we could get Senator Steele Hall to assist us in solving this problem. I will consider the honourable senator's question.

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