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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2372


Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) Doe s the Leader of the Government in the Senate recall advising me that he would seek an answer to my question, asked on or about 20 November, seeking the reason why on Saturday, 17 November, the Prime Minister travelled by VIP aircraft from Adelaide to Laucestou via Sydney—smal l fry compared with what the Minister for Immigration, Mr Grassby, intends to do on Australia Day? Is the Minister aware that, although I have not received an official reply, I have already commented on the answer which on Friday was conveyed to me by a member ofthe news media and that the answer and my comment, suitable to the occasion, have been published by the

media? Is this likely to become the normal channel of communication between a senator and the Prime Minister in respect of the traditional parliamentary procedure of question and answer in the Senate?


Senator MURPHY No, it is not likely to be the normal procedure. I accept the honourable senator's complaint that he should not receive his answer in that way. Normally, when a question is asked and I indicate that an answer will be obtained, the procedure is that officers go through the Hansard report or listen to the proceedings on the air and it is their duty to attend to such matters and to obtain the answer. Obviously, something in the machinery has broken down. I will see what can be done about it. I agree with the honourable senator that, when a question is asked formally in this place and it is said that an answer will be given, it ought to be given formally in this place.







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