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Monday, 31 October 2005
Page: 143

Mr Melham asked the Prime Minister, in writing, on 11 May 2005:

What was the purpose of the Governor-General’s discussions on 24 August 2004 with Mr Andrew Metcalfe, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Lieutenant Colonel Gus Gilmore, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Mr Ed Tyrie, PSM APM, Executive Director, Attorney-General’s Department; Mr Mika Kontianinen, Assistant Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department and Mr Corey Bacon, Attorney-General’s Department.

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

I am advised by the Official Secretary to the Governor-General that the Governor-General meets with a large number of people from a broad range of backgrounds and discusses a wide variety of topics with them. The content of those discussions is a matter between the Governor-General and the individuals concerned.