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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1350

Mr GORTON (Higgins) - I do not want to make a personal explanation but since there has been some discussion which has been quite open to the House, the Leader of the House (Mr Daly) might now be willing to give me leave to make a statement to clear it up.

Mr Daly - It will not take long, will it?

Mr GORTON - No, quite short.

Mr SPEAKER - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr GORTON - The facts are these: Not long ago the Australian Country Party as a whole and, as I understand it, the Leader of the Australian Country Party (Mr Anthony) were accused by a member of the Joint Committee on Prices in this House of leaking information to the Press. For my part, in conversation with the Leader of the Country Party I said that I was quite sure that that was not true. In any case it was an odd accusation to be made because on the Committee we had been told by a member of the Committee that he was discussing matters with the Prime Minister as they went through.

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