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Tuesday, 22 February 1977
Page: 263

Dr KLUGMAN (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I direct my question to the Prime Minister. In view of the decision by the Carter Administration to charge the cost to all those attending the recent inauguration ceremonies and the Prime Minister's often expressed view that there is no such thing as a free meal, will he arrange that all those attending Government functions for Her Majesty the Queen are charged for them, or does he feel that free meals are out only for those with incomes below $20,000 a year?

Mr MALCOLM FRASER -There has been a traditional approach to some of these things. As honourable gentlemen know, there will be a reception for Her Majesty and some other people will be coming to Canberra for particular occasions. Some decisions in relation to those matters, I think in relation to the Order of Australia, were made by the Leader of the Opposition. I do not believe that those arrangements ought to be upset.

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Queen is coming on our invitation.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - Yes- on our invitation. I do not believe that the arrangements ought to be upset in relation to people on the first Order of Australia list who are coming here. The Leader of the Opposition has confirmed my recollection that those decisions were made in his time in office. The Queen as Queen of Australia is coming to Australia on our invitation by our wish. I am quite certain that all Australia will give her the best reception she has ever had in this country and probably a better reception than she has ever had in any country.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I rise to order. My point of order is that the Prime Minister has not only refused to answer the question but also he has put into the mouth of the questioner words and suggestions that he did not make.

Mr SPEAKER - There is no substance in the point of order.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - I would just like to make a slight addition to my answer. It was the Leader of the Opposition who made the decision and advised Government House that members of the first Order of Australia should have their fares paid to Canberra.

Dr Klugman - I am talking about parliamentarians and yourself. You talk about not having a free meal. You are going to get a free meal.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Prospect will remain silent.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - I do not believe that the traditional arrangements in these matters ought to be upset.

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