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Thursday, 5 April 1973
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Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct to the Prime Minister a question which is supplementary to the question asked by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in relation to the raid on the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation headquarters in Canberra. The Prime Minister will recall being asked a question on this matter last Tuesday by the honourable member for Indi. I ask: Does he recall that he did not answer that question? Does he recall that he did not answer -except to say that he did not know - a similar question put to him at a Press conference on Tuesday and a further question I put to him yesterday? In view of the fact that the AttorneyGeneral has said that the Prime Minister does know why he visited the ASIO office in Canberra, because he discussed his visit and the reasons for it with him, will the Prime Minister now pay the House and the Australian people the courtesy of answering the question? Will he demonstrate the truth of his assertion to the House yesterday, that we now have a Prime Minister who tells the truth, by telling the truth.


Mr WHITLAM - I have amply demonstrated not only that we have a truthful Prime Minister at last but that we have a courteous one. T have not cast aspersions upon people who ask questions and I have forborne even to retaliate against those who ask questions in unseemly and offensive terms.







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