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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2822

Senator GREENWOOD - 1 direct a question to Senator Murphy in his capacity as Leader of the Government in the Senate and the Minister representing the Prime Minister. Will the Government table in the Senate the itinerary of the Prime Minister's 5 weeks tour of 14 countries during December and January? Is it correct that the greater proportion of this visit will be sight seeing and holidaying? Is it also correct that as far as the national interest is concerned this trip need not occur? Will the Leader ofthe Government explain why the Ministers responsible for the state of the economy and for restoring employment, and he as leader of the Government in this chamber, are allowing the Prime Minister to engage in a scandalously expensive holiday jaunt at the taxpayers' expense? How do they justify their inability to persuade the Prime Minister to adopt a more responsible course of action?

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - 1 suppose the itinerary could be tabled and I suppose that along with it we could table the itinerary ofthe Leader of the Opposition, Mr Snedden. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition asks why we do not stop the Prime Minister from doing things. We have a lot of confidence in the leader of our Party, apparently unlike some in the camp of the Liberal Party, if all the rumours are true. We understand that there is a pretty effective minority in his Party who do not have any confidence in their leader. We on the Government side extend our congratulations to Mr Snedden. We trust, and we are confident, that he will remain for a very long time the Leader ofthe Opposition. May he enjoy the trip he is taking overseas because I suppose that for his part it will be largely sight seeing. As for the Prime Minister and other Ministers of this Government, as I have indicated before we are in the midst of world wide inflation. There are very serious problems in trade, currency and other matters. If ever there was a time in the history of the world when it was important for the leader of our country to be in touch with others on a personal basis, helping to solve these problems and helping to mitigate their effects, not only in our country but in theirs, it is now. I think Australia has been served well by the Prime Minister in his trips overseas. I would hope that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition would confine his efforts to the internal troubles of the Liberal Party.

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