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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2273

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. I refer to the Prime Minister's statement in answer to a question on notice asked by Senator Gair that in August 1969 he was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of Grace in the Roll of Merit of the Military Order of the Collar of Saint Agatha of Paterno. Can the Minister explain why the Prime Minister accepts this foreign knighthood while at the same time he rejects knighthoods being conferred upon Australian citizens by the Queen of Australia? Can the Minister say whether Mr Whitlam 's knighthood comes from Chile or from Malta? Finally, does this mean that in polite circles the Prime Minister should now be referred to as Sir Gough Whitlam?

Senator MURPHY - I always endeavour to answer the honourable senator's questions if I can, but I think that it would be more prudent to pass this question along to the Prime Minister for his personal answer.

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