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Wednesday, 5 October 1983
Page: 1357

Mr LLOYD —Has the Minister for Communications, or any other Minister to his knowledge, contacted the Australian Broadcasting Corporation or been contacted by that organisation concerning, firstly, the desirability of financially assisting an ABC journalist in his litigation against the New South Wales Premier or, secondly, the resolution of the industrial trouble at the ABC following the decision not to back the journalist? Does the Minister believe that a journalist who, in the proper conduct of his work, is possibly defamed should be entitled to some assistance and protection from his employer?

Mr DUFFY —I have not been contacted, nor has any other Minister, to my knowledge.

Mr Lloyd —Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. There were two parts to the question. The second part has not been answered. Does the Minister believe that a journalist who--

Mr SPEAKER —Order! That is not a point of order.