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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3212

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I seek leave to make a statement.

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

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -After the division to which Senator Devitt refers was held and very shortly after his coming into the chamber, he reported to me and to the Government Whip, Senator Poyser, that he was in his room and that certainly the division bells did not ring in his room. I have told Senator Young, the Opposition Whip, and also the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Withers) of these circumstances. I accept Senator Devitt 's word although I know that you, Mr Deputy President, are arranging to have the division bells in his room checked. When the Government was in Opposition, on an occasion when Sir Alister McMullin was embarrassed because of a similar circumstance when he was in the the Prime Minister's room, and on another occasion involving Senator Davidson, the then Opposition agreed on both occasions to the recommittal of the division. I suggest that the Leader of the Opposition give consideration to such a course being followed now.

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