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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1482

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs) - I present letters of 12 September last from the then Attorney-General to the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, of 12 October last from the then Attorney-General to the then Foreign Minister, of 19 October, 2 November and 20 November last from the then Foreign Minister to the then Attorney-General and of 27 November from the then Attorney-General to the then Foreign Minister. Undoubtedly the then Attorney-General would have other papers still in his possession that he could table.

Mr Snedden - The Prime Minister has tabled these documents totally contrary to all the practice of this Parliament. Usually before a document is tabled it is shown to the Opposition. The Prime Minister has also tabled what is clearly a selection instead of all the documents. He has tabled documents to which he has no right because they are not the documents of his Government, and he continues to refuse to table documents which the Parliament and the public have a right to see.

Mr Uren - 1 rise on a point of order. Could the Chair instruct me on what grounds the Leader of the Opposition is speaking? Under what right is he speaking now?

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