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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
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Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister refers to a question I asked yesterday when I sought information in relation to a request from the South Australian Premier to the Prime Minister on the aspect of the unemployment situation in South Australia. I ask the Minister: What are the reasons for the Prime Minister's failing to acknowledge a request from the South Ausralian Premier, Mr Dunstan, for the convening of a special Premiers Conference to discuss the serious unemployment situation?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I said to the honourable senator yesterday, in reply to his question, that submissions by State Premiers to the Prime Minister are on a Premier-Prime Minister basis. Until an announcement is made, I do not think we can get any information. Should Mr Dunstan, the Premier of South Australia, desire to make public the context of the telegram which he sent to the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister's reply, that is up to Mr Dunstan.

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