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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 199

Mr McMAHON (Lowe) (Prime Minister) - Mr Speaker, may I reply to that explanation?

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

Mr McMAHON - The Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) has not said that I agreed to a public inquiry on this matter. I have made as many searches as 1 can, and my Department is still searching, to find out whether I said that there would be a public inquiry and as yet we have not been able to find such a statement. But I did say yesterday in answer to a question - perhaps J did not say it. I believe that my colleague the Treasurer (Mr Snedden) did. Yes, he did. He said that there would be a public inquiry associated with the means test and that national superannuation would be encompassed within that inquiry. I stand by what I said, which I believe up until this moment is accurate.

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