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Thursday, 1 June 1972
Page: 2483


Senator McLAREN asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   What are the reasons for the Prime Minister's sudden decision to hold the annual preBudget economic discussions in Sydney instead of Canberra.

(2)   What extra costs will be incurred for travel and accommodation of Government officials having to go to Sydney for these discussions.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   There was no 'sudden decision' to hold the economic consultations in Sydney. It was taken five weeks ago in the light of the commitments of the Ministers attending the consultations and Sydney was selected, as in February 1970, as a suitable location where Cabinet facilities are available.

(2)   I am informed that in accordance with normal arrangements for official travel, expenses for air fares and travelling allowance will be incurred for a small number of officials required to provide a secretariat for the consultations.







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