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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1287

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -My question, which is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, follows his short lecture to the Senate last week on the Government's collective responsibility. I ask: Was the Prime Minister's statement to the annual dinner of the Heavy Engineering Manufacturers' Association last night when he said, as reported, 'I've nothing but contempt for those who accept and peddle lies and my own colleagues in many cases are among them', an example of collective responsibility or does it fall into the category explained by Senator Murphy in the Senate on 21 August 1973 in answer to a question asked by me as not a 'conspicuous example of Cabinet solidarity'?

Senator MURPHY -I am afraid that I was not at the dinner. I have not seen the remarks reported in the newspaper. In this circumstance the best interpretation I can suggest is that when the Prime Minister was referring to his colleagues he meant his parliamentary colleagues and, obviously, those opposite.

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