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Wednesday, 23 May 1973
Page: 2480

Mr KEATING (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister a question supplementary to the questions asked by the honourable members for Mackellar and New England concerning the concealing of information about Government expenses and expenses of Ministers. Did I ask a question about ministerial expenses and perquisites last year? Did the question sit on the notice paper for many months and was it withdrawn after I was informed by the then Prime Minister and the Treasurer that an increase in the Canberra daily allowance would not be paid to members until I withdrew the question? Did the Clerk note the details of the withdrawal of the question and was the present Speaker required to withdraw a similar question? If there is to be any imputation concerning extravagant expenses and perquisites, does the Prime Minister regard this matter as a serious attempt to conceal information? Will he assure the House that no such action will be taken by him or by any members of his Government?

Mr WHITLAM - I was not aware of the history of the questions that the honourable gentleman and you, Mr Speaker, put on notice in the last Parliament. I can certainly give an assurance that there will be no such concealment or attempts to procure it by the present Government.

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