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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1954

Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) - My question is addressed either to the Minister who administers the Australian Government Publicity Office or the Minister representing the Minister in charge of the Government Publicity Office. Can the Senate be informed now or in the near future why the dossier of ministerial statements dated 15 to 1 8 November and containing a verbatim report of a speech by the Prime Minister in Hobart on Sunday, 18 November, does not contain any statement or answers understood to have been given by the Prime Minister at a Press luncheon in Hobart that day? Is it that the Prime Minister does not want some of the things he is supposed to have said at that conference to appear in print?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It was only in the last week that the functions of the Australian Government Publicity Office were transferred from the Department of the Special Minister of State to my Department and arrangements are now being made to fit this organisation into the structure of my Department. I am not aware of any of the details to which the honourable senator has referred. I will make inquiries and advise him accordingly. So far as the last part of his question is concerned, we believe in a policy of open government and I do not think the Prime Minister would have any objection whatever to having printed what he has said in public at any time.

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