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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2822

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate: In view of the Prime Minister's refusal to accept a motion from Senator Georges for a spill in the Labor Caucus, will he accept the Opposition's offer to sit on another day so that Senator Georges may tell the Senate and Australia the reasons why he thinks the Ministers presently in office ought to be deposed?

Senator MURPHY - I know of no motion by Senator Georges for any spill in the Labor Party Caucus, nor do I know of the Prime Minister's refusal to accept such a motion. Indeed, this question reveals the honourable senator's ignorance of the procedures adopted by the parliamentary Labor Party because, as I understand it, the Chairman of Caucus would be the person who would receive any such motion. Is this some foolish attempt to transfer attention away from the internal disputes and troubles of the Liberal Party which actually happened by suggesting some fictional troubles in the Labor Party which have not happened? This is a great absurdity. We have an Opposition Party- the Liberal Partytorn with dissension. It cannot seem to solve its own problems, and all it can do here is suggest fictional happenings in the parliamentary Labor Party. I thought that the happenings in the parliamentary Labor Party were spread all over the pages of the newspapers and were common knowledge to everyone. So I do not understand why the Leader ofthe Opposition in the Senate should be trying to invent things which have not happened.

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