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Wednesday, 7 December 1960

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Prime Minister. In view of the right honorable gentleman's action this afternoon - I think unprecedented and certainly highly unusual - in giving a detailed answer to a question affecting the operations of the Australian security service, is the House to take it that the rule that questions concerning the security service will not be answered is now at an end? In view also of the very valuable effect of the Prime Minister's denial of the statements concerning the operations of the security service on this occasion, will the right honorable gentleman in future take the opportunity to deny unfounded assertions made against the operations of the security service? If the Prime Minister will only answer questions where a denial is involved, will he take account of the fact that this will mean that questions affecting the security service which are not answered will appear to the public to have been founded on fact?

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