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Thursday, 17 May 1973
Page: 2258

Mr NIXON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) - Has the Prime Minister seen a copy of an article over the name 'Elizabeth Reid' circulated to honourable members and printed in the Australian National University paper of 13 April 1973, a few days after her appointment to the Prime Minister's specialist staff as an adviser on womens' affairs? Will the Prime Minister study the paper closely and assure me that he is satisfied that M/s Reid's advice to him represents the views and attitudes of womanhood in this country?

Mr WHITLAM - This sort of question is typical of the man who asked it. I have not seen this article. I am aware that this young woman is subject to a great number of imputations and that some very discreditable innuendoes are being spread by people in the Senate. I can only say that she was the most accomplished of the hundreds of applicants for this position. A very considerable number of senior public servants are seeking her advice and welcoming it.

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