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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1901

Senator WOOD (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate following upon a disgraceful incident which took place last week in the other House when the Prime Minister stated that people, by their conduct, were infringing on the hospitality which he extended at a function in Parliament House last week. Is that hospitality not paid for by the taxpayers of this country, not by the Prime Ministerthe impression which he gave? Is the rumour which is circulating correct, namely, that 200 gallons of champagne were drunk on the trip to China and was it French champagne?

Senator MURPHY -I assume that the hospitality which is referred to would be provided out of public funds. I think that that has always been the rule. I think that no one would have really thought otherwise. The way in which the expression was used indicated, I think, that it was a function given by the Prime Minister in the same way as other Prime Ministers have given functions I do not think that we should go further into a matter which occurred and expressions which were used in the other House. As to what occurred on the trip to China, I am unable to answer the honourable senator. But if he wants to pursue the matter I will take it up with the Prime Minister to see whether an answer can be obtained.

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