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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2823

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I ask: Is the Prime Minister concerned that he is leaving himself open to criticism as a leader who presides over havoc at home and gains his inspiration from visits to the ruins of the world?

Senator MURPHY -That is typical of the approach of the Australian Country Party to the affairs of this nation. I suppose there is a certain amount of havoc in part of the Parliament, that is, within the Opposition Parties and that one might say, in a loose sense, that the Prime Minister presides over that. Fortunate it is that he is over and above it. The Prime Minister is trying to do and is succeeding in doing, a good job ibr this nation. He goes overseas where he is respected by the other nations of the world and is doing his best on behalf of Australia. I do not think it does credit to any member of Parliament to make remarks like this about the leading citizen of the country.

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