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Tuesday, 14 October 1975
Page: 2038

Mr MORRIS -Will the Prime Minister inform the House what action the Government proposes to take in respect of the report tabled in the House recently of the Joint Committee on Pecuniary Interests of Members of the Parliament?

Mr WHITLAM -The Government has decided to introduce legislation and a resolution into the Houses to implement the unanimous recommendations of the Committee. We believe it is proper that as long as the member concerned is informed that inquiries are being made, people with a legitimate interest in his affairs, his associations and his motivations -

Mr Morris - Overseas.

Mr WHITLAM -. . . whether those associations, motivations or interests are domestic or overseas, should be able to ascertain them. It is important that the public should know why members of Parliament are voting or lobbying as they do. It was remarkable and heartening that the Joint Committee brought in unanimous findings in this regard. I would hope that the legislation is passed by both Houses and that the resolutions are adopted by both Houses.

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