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PRESS R E L E A S E

WRIGHT WRONG ON FUDGE THE SENATE

SENATOR TONY MESSNER 1 King William Street ADELAIDE SA 5000

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EMBARGOED UNTIL 7.30PM

The Wright Affair had serious implications for the future

operations of Australia's system of parliamentary government, it was claimed today.

Senator Tony Messner (Lib SA) said this at a meeting Of the Yeelanna Branch of the Liberal Party at Cummins today.

"If the standards that the Premier has now applied to question time in the South Australian Parliament follow

3 through to the other State or Federal arenas the results * will be disastrous."1

"Australia's seven Parliaments will become worthless if Members of Parliament can no longer rely upon Ministers to honestly answer questions put to them."

Senator Messner did not rule out some interpretation of Ministerial answers.

"But this is different from the Wright situation where a

direct answer was given to a direct question and the Minister has subsequently attempted to re-interpret it."

Senator Messner said that one of the worst aspects of the

case was that the Premier had defended a Minister who was blatantly attempting to circumvent fundamental

Westminister traditions.

"I would have hoped that Mr Bannon would have looked to the examples set by the previous Fraser Government, Mr Hawke and Mr Young and asked Mr Wright to resign."

"There are very high standards of Ministerial propriety in

Federal Parliament. It is a matter of regret that they

obviously do not apply in this State."

ADELAIDE 28 JULY 1983