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Tuesday, 9 March 1971
Page: 692

Mr GORTON (Higgins) (Prime Minister) - I have been informed by Mr Eggleton, my Press Secretary, that he has received a communication from Mr Ramsey which Mr Ramsey gives me permission to use. He telephoned Mr Eggleton in a great state of emotional upset. I am quoting what Mr Eggleton says.

Mr Whitlam - When did he telephone?

Mr GORTON - Apparently just lately. I just got it. Mr Eggleton says:

He says that he lost control of himself in a quite inexcusable way. He apologises most humbly and he realises that his action was very wrong. The reason for his outburst was that he thought you had generalised rather on your own comments to him on the day, while you certainly did quote him quite correctly. What he meant when he made his outburst was that you had been unfair. There was no question of you being a liar. He agrees that he did in fact say: 'Fair enough'.

Mr Speaker,as far as I am concerned, that is apology enough for me, and I would suggest that the motion might be withdrawn.

Mr Uren - I want to speak.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! I must put the request to the Leader of the Opposition first.

Mr Whitlam - We withdraw the motion.

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