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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2402

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Did the Prime Minister have any communication with Professor Karmel between the letter of commission in relation to the Interim Schools Commission and receipt of the Karmel report? If so, what was the nature of the communication? If it was a written communication will the Prime Minister table a copy of it as the Minister for Education has done in relation to his communications with Professor Karmel?

Mr WHITLAM - I see Professor Karmel 1 suppose every month or every two months but I could not remember in detail or fully when or where.

Mr Malcolm Fraser - Specifically about April.

Mr WHITLAM - I would expect that I had seen him in April. I would be able to say that of almost any month since we became the Government but I do not remember any formal occasions on which I have seen him in any detail or particularity.

Mr Malcolm Fraser - On a point of order, Mr Speaker, may I ask for clarification? Did the Prime Minister write to Professor Karmel early in April?

Mr WHITLAM - I do not remember writing to him. This question can be put on notice if the honourable member wants a detailed reply.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Prime Minister has stated that he cannot recall the occasion.

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