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Tuesday, 13 March 1973
Page: 535

Mr Garland asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Did he state in reply to question No. 134 (Hansard, 1st March 1973, page 196) that he signed substantive replies to letters and communications from Members of Parliament.

(2)   Has his attention been drawn to a telegram sent by Senator Durack, Senator Sim, Mr Viner and myself, on 4th January 1973, asking for an urgent calling together of Parliament to discuss matters of urgent public importance; if so, was it not acknowledged until 8 th February and then either by Dr Wilenski or Dr Wilenski's secretary.

(3)   Will he reply to that aspect of question No. 134 which asked him to ensure that his Ministers personally sign letters and communications to all Members of Parliament, as was the former practice. _ (4) Will he ensure that, in future, answers to questions are fully responsive to all aspects of the questions asked.

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

(1)   and (2) Yes.

(3)   and (4) These are matters for the individual Ministers concerned.

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