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Tuesday, 11 December 1973

Senator MURPHY -I think there is a general principle that when a Minister is speaking publicly he is speaking on behalf of the Government but that may be qualified, as the honourable senator indicates, either by some explicit statement or by the context of the function. There may be various ways in which the qualification or indication can be made that the statement is not really a governmental announcement. The question is hypothetical and I think it would be better, if there were any doubt about any particular pronouncement, that if a question were asked it be specific.

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