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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 1368

Senator MULVIHILL - I direct my question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate in his capacity as representative of the Prime Minister. Notwithstanding the Prime Minister's earlier pledge to me that the status of Australian nationals entering Britain after that nation enters the Common Market are safeguarded, will he have that answer re-examined in the .light of proceedings yesterday 'morning in the House of Commons when an amendment purporting to reinforce that view was rejected?


I would be happy to have the honourable senator's question referred to the Prime Minister. However, I point out that no government can act on preconceived ideas about motions, resolutions, decisions and votes in the House of Commons. That course would involve looking into a crystal ball. To say that an answer previously given to a question is inconsistent because of a resolution carried in the House of Commons subsequently, on 26th April, is getting into wonderland. Nevertheless, I will have the question posed by the honourable senator in that way referred to the Prime Minister.

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