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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1145

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. On 14th September 1971 I drew the attention of the Leader of the Government in the Senate to the urgent need for the appointment of a Commonwealth Minister for Sport. Subsequently the Prime Minister rejected the proposal. I now ask the Minister: In view of a similar request made yesterday by Mr Judy Patching, manager of the Australian Olympic team, will he request the Prime Minister to reconsider his previous rejection of this very important request?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I remember that another honourable senator made the same request during his maiden speech some years ago. As the honourable senator has said the Prime Minister has refused this request. If the Olympic authorities believe they have a case they should put it to the Prime Minister for his consideration. I do not think I can go to the Prime Minister and say that Senator McLaren has made a suggestion, backed by someone else, and the Prime Minister should accept it without a detailed examination of the whole case.

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