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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3460

Senator Townley asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is it the practice of the Prime Minister to take a consultary physician with him whenever he travels overseas.

(2)   Does the Prime Minister do this because some illness indicates that it is prudent for him to have a doctor with him at times of travel overseas.

(3)   How many doctors have travelled overseas with the Prime Minister.

(4)   How many overseas trips have the doctors made.

(5)   What is the rate of remuneration paid to doctors travelling overseas with the Prime Minister.

(6)   What has been the total cost of having a doctor travel with the Prime Minister.

(   7 ) Was it the practice of former Prime Ministers to take a doctor with them overseas.

Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following information for answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) Yes, as was the practice of my predecessors.

(2)   No:

(3)   One, the same doctor on each occasion.

(4)   Eight.

(5)   Honorarium of$65 per day.

(6)   $13,444.26.

(7)   See(l).

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