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Thursday, 2 November 1967

Mr HAROLD HOLT - I will examine the honourable gentleman's question. I will not tie myself to what happened that length of time ago. To the best of my recollection the reply was not amended by me - certainly not in substance. I shall check whether texts are available to enable me to ascertain this. I remind the House that this privilege which is open to honourable members of securing information from Ministers has time and again been ruled in this place to be a matter for the decision of the Minister who is concerned. He answers a question or does not answer it according to his judgment. But when he does not answer it the Parliament has its remedies in relation to him.

Dr J F Cairns (YARRA, VICTORIA) - Is this a threat?

Mr HAROLD HOLT - -Of course it is not a threat. I think honourable gentlemen opposite are becoming a little political on this matter.

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