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Thursday, 21 August 2003
Page: 19220

Mr CREAN (2:27 PM) —I again ask the Prime Minister: is the Prime Minister seriously suggesting that it is appropriate for a minister in his government to use his ministerial office to urge a state police minister to take a course of action which, if adopted, would break the law?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —In answer to that question I repeat what I said before: it is perfectly proper and lawful for representations to be made. What the Leader of the Opposition is saying is analogous to saying that anybody who writes to a minister complaining about their tax return is urging him to break the law.