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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1378

Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. By way of brief preface I refer to the fact that on Monday evening the Prime Minister made accusations that people had peddled lies in relation to the seriousness of the unemployment situation in the Launceston area. I ask: As it is now demonstrably clear that the Prime Minister's accusations were totally unfounded and inaccurate, will the Prime Minister apologise to those who fell within his sweeping accusations and in particular to the Tasmanian members of both the Liberal and Labor Parties, including in particular Mr Barnard and also the State Secretary of the Textile Workers Union, Mr Holden, and to the management of the Tasmanian textile companies, all of whom came within the accusations of the Prime Minister of being involved in lying and collusion?

Senator MURPHY - It is possible, but I doubt it.

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