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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1290

Senator GREENWOOD -My question which is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate refers to the matter raised earlier by the Leader of the Opposition. I assure the Leader of the Government that not only was what the Prime Minister said last night reported in the newspapers but also the actual text was replayed on radio this morning. The allegation was that colleagues of the Prime Minister were peddling lies. The matter related to tariffs. I ask: Do the Prime Minister's remarks- whether they apply, as the Leader of the Government suggested, to his Opposition colleagues or to his Government colleagues- not constitute a serious allegation? Is the Leader of the Government in the Senate concerned about the implications of the allegations? Should the people of Australia be concerned about the veracity of the Prime Minister's colleagues? Will the liars and the lies be identified and will he take the matter up with the Prime Minister?

Senator MURPHY - I indicated earlier that I had not, in fact, attended the dinner to which Senator Greenwood has referred. I have not read the reports and I certainly did not hear any report this morning. I know nothing more about the matter than what I have heard in this chamber. I do not think it is right for me to comment on what may have been said. I do not know how serious or how frivolous the remarks were intended to be. I know nothing about the matter. It would be the height of foolishness for me to comment on a matter of which I know nothing except what has been conveyed to me by the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. I will look into the matter. I will ask the Prime Minister whether he wishes to add to what he has said or whether he wishes to interpret it.

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