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Wednesday, 19 October 1983
Page: 1924

Mr HICKS —Mr Speaker, I wish to have your indulgence to make a personal explanation on behalf of a colleague who is absent at the moment.

Mr SPEAKER —The honourable member having indicated to me the nature of the indulgence, I will allow him that indulgence.

Mr HICKS —In the Canberra Times of Tuesday, 18 October, there was an article by Teresa Mannix headed 'Queen is asked to send King of Australasia'. The main part of the article stated:

Queensland National Party member Mr Ian Cameron has written to Buckingham Palace proposing a novel idea for putting the Governor-General, Sir Ninian Stephen, out of a job.

The article goes on to say that Mr Cameron suggested that Prince Andrew or Prince Edward move to Yarralumla to become King of Australasia. I assure the House that the honourable member for Maranoa (Mr Ian Cameron) has quite a few constructive ideas, but this is not one of them. I draw the attention of the House to this article and assure the House that it was certainly not the idea of the honourable member for Maranoa.

Mr SPEAKER —I mention to the House that on this occasion I granted the indulgence because the honourable member for Maranoa is representing this Parliament at a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference.