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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4181

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to you, Mr Speaker. I ask: Do you agree that the aesthetic impact of a work of art is increased by the contemplation of it in the circumstances in which it was created? When that bargain-priced masterpiece 'Blue Poles' reaches its fortunate purchasers in Australia, will you discuss with the President of the Senate the possibility of having the painting laid out on the floor of Kings Hall so that honourable members and senators can view it from the viewpoint of its inspired creator? Will you further arrange for free drinks to be served in Kings Hall so that honourable members and senators can share to the full in the inspiration of the artist or artists? If the painting is so exhibited, will you ensure that it is securely fenced off in order to shield us from the temptation to take off our shoes and affix addendums to it in the same manner in which the basic painting was allegedly done?

Mr SPEAKER -I will do so, providing the honourable member agrees to sit on the biggest pole for some time.

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