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Tuesday, 22 February 1977

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.

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