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Thursday, 25 June 1998
Page: 5423


Mr BEAZLEY —My question is directed to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, do you recall telling the House yesterday:

. . . I have never been guaranteed a front page by any newspaper in my political career.

. . . . . . . . .

I was invited to contribute an article in relation to the Queensland election generally, not in the terms alleged by the Leader of the Opposition.

Prime Minister, have you seen today's Courier-Mail , which states that you were asked to write specifically about the importance of majority government in Queensland and reasons not to vote for One Nation, page 1 was guaranteed, and your staff had begun the article but then told the paper that you had personally declined the offer? Prime Minister, haven't you misled the House?


Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —No, I have not. The situation as conveyed to me was as I described.