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Friday, 15 June 1984
Page: 3139

Senator REID —Can the Minister representing the Minister for Communications confirm that, consistent with this Government's attempts to republicanise Australia by stealth, it is now the practice of Australia Post to remove the Sovereign's logo 'E II R' from all its vehicles and mail boxes as they are being repainted?

Senator GRIMES —That is a typically devastating and sharp question for, I hope, the last question of Question Time this session!

Senator Withers —Aren't we having questions tomorrow?

Senator GRIMES —Senator Withers should not anticipate that-not at all. Ignoring the political nonsense that Senator Reid went on with about the republicanisation of Australia by stealth, I have no knowledge as to whether Australia Post is to remove 'E II R' from its vehicles. I will seek that information from the Minister for Communications. However, I assure Senator Reid that if she thinks that is the first step towards the republicanisation of Australia we will all be waiting for a hell of a long time.