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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 2932

Mr TURNER (BRADFIELD, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. I refer to some observations made by the honourable gentleman yesterday in which he gave advice to the President of the United States of America and suggested that under the Canberra model of so-called parliamentary government the Executive is answerable to Parliament. Is it not a fact that that is so only when the Opposition has a majority in the Senate that is capable, after infinite effort, of gouging information out of Ministers? This being so, is the Prime Minister advocating that, for the protection of the people against the Executive, voters in the next Senate election would be well advised to perpetuate this situation?

Mr WHITLAM - Neither the Government nor the Opposition has a majority in the Senate. There would be a much more responsible Parliament if either did.

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