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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2112

Senator LAUCKE - I address my question to the Attorney-General as the representative of the Prime Minister in this place. In view of the widespread criticism of the conduct of the affairs of the Council for the Arts and to give credence to the much vaunted claim of the Government that it supports and practises the principle of open government and more consultation, will he ask the Prime Minister to table Mr Peter Hall's letters of resignation from the Council for the Arts that were addressed to the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Council?

Senator MURPHY -There has been some criticism of the Government's actions in relation to the arts. There has been far more favourable comment on what the Government has done for the arts by financial and other encouragement. Daily I see evidence of what the Government is doing for the arts- statement after statement by the Prime Minister on what is being done by way of the provision of moneys, and persons who once were critical of the Government now praising it. However that may be, I will pass the honourable senator's request on to the Prime Minister.

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