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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1384

Senator MISSEN (VICTORIA) - Does the Minister representing the Treasurer agree that any prior and unauthorised disclosure of government decisions on devaluation is a breach of ministerial responsibility or a breach for which ministerial responsibility should be accepted? Did such prior disclosure occur last evening? Has any inquiry been instituted to ascertain how such disclosure occurred, the result of such prior disclosure and whether anyone benefited from it?

Senator WRIEDT -I think that Senator Murphy has adequately answered that question.

A very similar question was asked of him earlier. He pointed out that not just the Ministers themselves are involved, but other people who work both in Parliament House and in the various departments. I do not think any useful purpose is to be served in all this. In fact I am surprised that the Opposition pursues this question after it was pointed out earlier this afternoon in question time that on one occasion the previous Government argued for 3 days about the revaluation of the Australian dollar, and gave the world a lot of notice as to whether there might be a change. I do not think I can add anything to what was said previously by Senator Murphy.

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