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Wednesday, 3 November 1971
Page: 2997

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   On what date did the Interim Council of the Australian National Gallery recommend the appointment of a director of the Gallery.

(2)   Did the then Prime Minister say on 5th May 1970 (Hansard, page 1634) that it was hoped that an appointment would be made shortly.

(3)   When is it now hoped to make an appointment.

Mr Howson - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   25th July 1969.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   The Prime Minister announced in a statement to the House on 26th October 1971 that die Government proposes to appoint Mr James Mollison to the post.

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