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Monday, 13 September 1971
Page: 1158

Mr WHITLAM - I address to the Prime Minister a question supplementary to that asked him by the right honourable member for Fisher. I ask the Prime Minister whether the policy document which he has sought on the subject of ministerial accommodation in Canberra will cover the suggestion that Ministers whose duties require them to live in Canberra with their families, as clearly a Minister for the Interior must, should be able to have accommodation in Canberra during the term of their office as Ministers. In other words, has the Prime Minister authorised the preparation of a document which would envisage the policy that Ministers who have to live in

Canberra should be in the same position as the Prime Minister, namely, that they should have official accommodation for as long as they bold a ministerial position?

Mr McMAHON - I have placed no restrictions whatsoever on the officials who will be submitting a report to me. Consequently, I believe that their investigations will be wide ranging and will canvass a number of possibilities. Nonetheless, no matter what they might present to me, I personally will ensure that the matter mentioned by the honourable gentleman is taken into consideration by Cabinet when the Cabinet submission is being considered.

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