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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3371


Mr HAMER (ISAACS, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. I ask: When Her Majesty the Queen decides who shall be her representative as Governor of an Australian State is she acting in her capacity as Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in her capacity as Queen of Australia? Does the Statute of

Westminster affect this position? When she is acting as Queen of Australia, are her appropriate advisers the Australian Government or the British Government?


Mr MALCOLM FRASER -As I understand the position, the States traditionally have communicated with the Palace through the British Government;, that has been their decision and that hitherto has been their wish. It would be the view of this Government that the appropriate means of communication with the Palace is the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia. If the State governments wish to seek changes in their arrangements which would enable them to converse with the Palace through the Commonwealth Government I shall be only too delighted to assist those State governments.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The right honourable gentleman will resume his seat for a moment. The honourable member for Oxley has continued to interject throughout question time. I ask him to cease doing so.


Mr MALCOLM FRASER - In case the last part of my answer was missed, I repeat that if the State governments wish to change the present arrangements whereby they approach the Palace through the British Government, and wish to use the Australian Government as the means of communication with the Palace, this Government will be only too delighted to assist the State governments.







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