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Thursday, 24 May 1973
Page: 2581

Mr McMAHON (Lowe) - Yes, I do. The Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) has mentioned the facts leading up to this incident in the statement he has just made and I will base my remarks on them in the statement I now intend to make. I will put it as shortly as I can. I had not discussed the question of the withdrawal of the relevant questions that were placed on the notice paper, relating to travailing allowances, with the Leader of the Opposition at any time, until yesterday; nor did I request any member of Parliament to approach the honourable member for Blaxland (Mr Keating) and convey a message to him from me asking him to withdraw the relevant question. The fact is that from the date of the withdrawal of the Kerr recommendations relating to members salaries and allowances I had given an unqualified commitment to have those increased Canberra travelling allowances brought before, the Parliament in due course.

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