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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 963

Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable gentleman claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr TURNER - Yes. On Friday, 30th March, the 'Sydney Morning Herald", on page 10, misreported in one particular a speech that I had made. The report said:

Mr Turnersaid he believed television would revive Parliament, which he described as 'a lying institution*.

I did not say 'a lying institution'; I said 'a dying institution'. There is, I think, a certain difference which should be made clear. The context of my speech makes it perfectly clear. I said:

I believe that is-

That is, television - would revive what is. now a dying institution. Why is it a dying institution?

I went on to say that statements which ought to be made in the House are now being made outside the House; that statements are being made to Press conferences which are not the subject of questioning in this House; and that during the period of what I termed 'the duumvirate' fundamental changes of policy were made without debate in this place. In short, I said it in the context that Parliament was being ignored.

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