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Wednesday, 26 April 1961

Mr Ward d asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Can he say whether Sir John Latham, in 1940, recommended that the provisions of the Australian Constitution be suspended and that a six-man non-elective committee be set up with complete power to govern?

2.   Did Sir John Latham discuss with, or write to, the Prime Minister regarding his proposal?

3.   Did the Prime Minister contact Sir John Latham expressing agreement with the scheme?

Mr Menzies - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows: - 1, 2 and 3. The honorable member asked me a similar question, without notice, on the 6th September, 1960. I have nothing to add to the reply given to him then.

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