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Transcript 3965

MEETING BETWEEN PRIME MINISTER AND OPPOSITION LEADERS

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Whitlam, Gough

Period of Service: 05/12/1972 to 11/11/1975

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Release Date: 10/11/1975

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 3965

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PRIME MINISTER PRESS STATEMENT NO. 593
NOVEMBER 1975
MEETING BETWEEN~ PRIME'MINISTER AND OPPOSITION LEADERS
Mr Fraser has asked for a meeting. As I am always
ready to discuss issues rationally and sensibly, I welcomed
the opportunity to do just that. Mr Fraser is now saying
* he will-insist absolutely on the requirements for a general
election before Christmas-. or before 30 June. He is also
insisting that Australian Government officials be present
to advise him and his colleagues..
The Constitutional dispute boils down to one simple
principle; the Party with the unchallenged majority in the
House of Representatives must be allowed to govern.
Officials give advice to the Government. The Government
advises the Governor-General as to when any election should be
held. Frank Crean, Fred Daly and I are still happy to meet
with Mr Fraser tomorrow morning, but I do not want him or anyone
else tto be under any impression that such a meeting is taking
place to permit him, as Leader of the Opposition, to either
name the date of an election or to receive advice from officials.
CANBERRA A. C. T.

Transcript 3965