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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2634

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) - May I have leave to make a comment?

The PRESIDENT - Senator Sir KennethAnderson seeks leave to make a comment. You can give reasons why you seek leave.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - If I give the reasons I would have said all I have to say.

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no dissent, leave is granted.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - I regret the comments that the Leader of the Government has made. I could understand it if he had said, for reasons in which he believes, the Government proposed to use the guillotine. But this is a form of duress that is being put on the Senate, which the Senate just cannot abide. It is unprecedented to do it in this way. The AttorneyGeneral should come into the open and say: 'I believe we must have this Bill tonight. We, the Government, want it to be debated in an hour and a half.' He should take the front line and put down a motion accordingly. To try to get the Bill in this backhanded way, I find very distressing. He knows, as I have indicated to him previously, that I feel this is below the line. I think it is a very unfortunate way to do it. If he had done it in a more direct way it would have been the will of the Senate. I am sorry to have to say this, but it is the way that I feel about the matter.

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