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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr JAMES (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is to you, Mr Speaker. I ask: Are you aware that whilst several honourable members, including myself, were guests of the President of the Senate and yourself as Joint Presidents of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at a dinner in the private dining room in Parliament House in honour of the distinguished delegates from the British Parliament whom we welcomed to the chamber that afternoon, there was being held in another private dining room in Parliament House a party for some Ministers and members of the 'Class of 66 ', at which a birthday cake was produced from which jumped a girl clad in a brief bikini of which the top half was retained only momentarily? I further ask: Is it permissible for honourable members to hold parties of this character in the precincts of the Parliament? What steps do you, Mr Speaker, propose to take to restore the dignity of the national Parliament and bring to book those who have sullied it?

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