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Thursday, 29 October 1959

Mr MENZIES - I hope to be in a position to make an announcement on this matter before very long, but I think I am right in saying that the announcement of the appointment will come from the Palace. That is the normal practice, but I take note of the honorable member's suggestion.

Mr Whitlam - In which kingdom, the United Kingdom or Australia?

Mr MENZIES - The United Kingdom. The Palace is situated in the United Kingdom. Does not the honorable member know that? Since my friend wishes to be pedantic, let me say that the announcement will be made from wherever Her Majesty may be at the time. I would not like to take the honorable member for Werriwa even notionally around a galaxy of palaces. The announcement will be made from where Her Majesty is situated at the time.

As for the other matter that my friend from Bonython is good enough to inquire about, I have had a refreshing experience. I have never yet seen any speculative story about it which was even remotely true.

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