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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2561

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Since his attention has been drawn to the statement by a Victorian Minister on 16th December 1970 in which he quoted with approval from the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Hansard, 6th May 1971, page 2865), has he asked the Premier of Victoria whether his Government now agrees to the Commonwealth ratifying this covenant (Hansard, 29th May 1969, page 2557).

(2)   Has he communicated with the Premier of Victoria about the circumstances of a case before the Prahran Court of Petty Sessions on 14th May 1971 in which eviction proceedings were taken against a tenant on the grounds that she was allowing a Kenyan nurse to stay with her.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The quotation by the Victorian Minister from the Covenant with reference to Article 21 on the occasion of introducing a Summary Offences (Trespassers) Bill in the Victorian Parliament did not warrant such an inquiry.

(2)   No.

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