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Wednesday, 22 August 1973
Page: 237

Mr SPEAKER -Order! That expression is unparliamentary.

Mr DUTHIE - I meant professionals, Mr Speaker. I would like now to comment on what the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Lynch) said about our Leader appearing on Mr David Frost's television program. It is a pity that the honourable member has not been talking to people around Australia who saw the program. It was one of the greatest programs ever shown on television in this country. The impact of that program has gone far beyond what might be imagined. It has given our Leader a new image for many people because of the way he conducted himself and the way in which he answered questions. The honourable member referred to the criticism appearing in the 'Australian', the only newspaper that took the interview apart. I would like to let him know why it did that.

Mr Lynch - What about the Melbourne Herald'?

Mr DUTHIE - It belongs to the same group.

Mr Lynch - It does not.

Mr DUTHIE - The reason is that the 'Australian' hates David Frost because he clashed with Rupert Murdoch. Ever since David Frost has been written down as a nincompoop by that newspaper. Because our Leader was interviewed by David Frost the 'Australian' came out with a ridiculous editorial. It is a bitter, vicious and vitriolic editorial with which I completely disagree, as do the great majority of Australians.

Honourable members opposite were once in government. What short memories they have. When a member of the Liberal Party was Prime Minister it was all right for him to give interviews on television, but when a Labor man appears on television outside Parliament it is said that he is doing something wrong. Why do honourable members opposite have 2 standards in this matter, one when they are in government and a different one when they are in Opposition? It just does not wear.

Mr Calder - Why do you have 2 standards?

Mr DUTHIE - We do not. When we were in Opposition we were always fighting for more time to debate issues. As whip of the Party t know that. Now that we are in office we still want more time to debate issues.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Scholes)Order!I suggest that remarks be directed through the Chair. Honourable members who are not participating in the debate should remain silent.

Mr DUTHIE - This motion will get the result it deserves.

Debate (on motion by Mr Giles) adjourned.

Sitting suspended from 6.12 to 3 p.m.

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