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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 3147

Dr PATTERSON (Dawson) - I move:

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the honourable member for Dawson moving: That this House condemns the action of the honourable member for Angas for releasing a Press statement at approximately 5 p.m. today announcing a Government cut in the wine excise based on a confidential ministerial statement which was embargoed until the commencement of the speech by the Minister for Customs and Excise at 8.37 p.m. tonight.

I will be quite brief because the facts are clear. The facts are here in these 2 documents. One is a document labelled 'For Press - embargoed until the commencement of the speech by the Minister for Customs and Excise'. The other document is entitled 'Wine Industry - A statement by the Honourable Ian Sinclair, M.P., Minister for Primary Industry'. The Minister for Customs and Excise commenced bis speech at 8.37 p.m. Then it would be assumed that the embargo would be released and this document allowed to be made public by the Press. At 5 o'clock this afternoon a Press statement by Mr G. O'H. Giles, M.H.R. for Angas was headed 'Government cuts wine excise by 50 per cent'.

Mr Anthony - It is true, is it not?

Dr PATTERSON - Yes, it is true. That is not only a contempt of the Minister for Primary Industry and of the Minister for Customs and Excise, but it is also a contempt of this Parliament.

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