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Tuesday, 19 March 1968

WHITLAM, Gough (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Prime Minister will have noticed that the Minister for Primary Industry gave details of the pending scheme for reconstructing the dairy industry to a meeting at Ipswich last Friday. This meeting had been postponed from an earlier date 2 or 3. weeks beforehand. I ask the right honourable gentleman whether he is aware of the principle frequently enunciated by a former Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies - the last occasion, I believe, being on 1 11th November 1965 - in these terms: 1 think it is a very sound and proper rule that when statements are to be made in a period of time when the House is sitting they should be made here, in the House. I have endeavoured, myself, to adhere to that rule very closely.

Does the Prime Minister intend to follow this principle and to ensure his Ministers' compliance with it as far as possible?

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