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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 1035

Mr Garland asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Did he state in answer to my question No. 134 (Hansard, 1st March 1973, page 196) that he signed substantive replies to letters which honourable members sent.

(2)   Did he also state in reply to part (2) of my question No. 227 (Hansard, 13th March 1973, page 535) that a communication was signed by Dr Wilenski or Dr Wilenski's secretary.

(3)   If so, is there an inconsistency in his 2 replies.

(4)   Will he give an assurance that he will sign all substantive replies sent by him to members and senators.

(5)   Will he, as Leader of his Government, ensure that his Ministers do the same as part of the proper conduct of Parliamentary affairs.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) I refer the honourable member to the previous answers I gave on this matter. I see no need to add to those answers except to say that the practice adopted by this Government in relation to this matter in general accords with the practice of previous Governments.

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