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Wednesday, 7 November 1973
Page: 1571

Senator WOOD (QUEENSLAND) - I desire to ask a question of the Leader in the Government in the Senate. Has he noted the report in this morning's newspapers that the Prime Minister decided that the Governor-General will not attend the wedding of Princess Anne? Is not the statement that this country would be inconvenienced greatly by a few days absence of the Governor-General a statement that has no real foundation? Is this a further move to reduce the stature and importance of the Queen in Australia and so make more progress towards making this country a republic with all the way with Chou En-lai's friend, Mr Whitlam, as president?

Senator MURPHY - I know nothing more of the matter than I saw in the newspaper and my colleagues know nothing additional to that and what was heard on the radio. I have already indicated that I will check into the matter to see what substance there is in it but I regret that I am unable to help the honourable senator any further..

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