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Tuesday, 28 May 2002
Page: 2530

Mr Murphy asked the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 13 February 2002:

(1) Did he see an article by Mike Seccombe titled “The shutters are pulled down on Parliament's sideshow” on page 4 of The Sydney Morning Herald on 29 November 2001.

(2) Will he make himself available for a full press conference with the Canberra media gallery on each sitting week of the 40th Parliament; if not, why not.

Mr Howard (Prime Minister) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) I cannot recollect reading Mr Seccombe's article at the time.

(2) Press conferences are called depending upon the issue and circumstances of the time. There has been at least one occasion since the beginning of this year, for example, when I called two major press conferences in Canberra in the same week. On average I have held one major press conference per sitting week since Parliament resumed earlier this year.