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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Mr WARD - I ask the Prime Minister whether it is the practice for him first to secure the consent of the person who is considered for appointment to the position of Governor-General before submitting the name to Her Majesty the Queen for her consideration. When was the name of the Governor-General designate first proposed to Her Majesty? Is it a fact that the Governor-General designate was first approached regarding the matter by the Australian High Commissioner in London on 27th October and given 24 hours to make up his mind? If this is a fact, how does it fit in with the Prime Minister's statement that he had discussed the filling of the vacancy with Her Majesty, the Queen, during his last trip abroad and that the Governor-General designate was his No. 1 choice?

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