The Governor General said today his decisions should not be made the subject of debate between himself and others Addressing businessmen in Sydney, Sir John Kerr said the lesson of history that the truth would come out in relation to all important decisions.
"THESE RIGHTS AND DUTIES............."
"..... OF ULTIMATE HISTORIC RESPONSIBILITY."
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Background: The Governor General said today his decisions should not be made the subject of debate between himself and others Addressing businessmen in Sydney, Sir John Kerr said the lesson of history that the truth would come out in relation to all important decisions. The Governor General, officially opening the National Conference of the Institute of Directors, compared decision-making in business and in government.
The Governor-General Sir John Kerr, said yesterday that no decision by a Governor General could be made the subject of a running debate between him and others.
"It is sufficient to say, perhaps, that the lesson of history is that 'truth will out' in relation to all important decisions," he said.
It was Sir John's first public -- thought indirect reference to the Federal Opposition's continuing campaign against hun for its dismissal of the Whitlam Government last November.
Sir John was opening the sixth national conference of the Institute of Directors in Australia at the Went-worth Hotel, City.
The Institute's president, Sir Robert Crichton-Brown, told Sir John that his actions and conduct since November 11 had demonstrated "not only your ability but your own personal courage."
Amid applause Sit Robert added: "The extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held on December 13 heartily endorsed your stand."
In reply, Sir John said history could be the only judge of "those decisions which, once made, were made forever. "Ultimately, of course, we all have our right to have our say ... the essence of our society requires free and open discussion based on knowledge and understanding of the facts.
Sometimes the facts are obvious and readily available; at other time we must either seek them out or exercise patience until had they emerge.
"In business, as in government, there is an onus on all of us to achieve responsible decision-making based on real knowledge and understanding, with acceptance of ultimate historic responsibility."
Sir John said judges were in a similar position. They made a decision, gave their reasons, but did not engage in a running debate.
It would receive attention by textbook written, commentators, courts of appeal and teacher of law, but it stood, as made, to weather the time.
In Bendigo yesterday the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Anthony, strongly defended. Sir John, saving he had acted properly throughout the constitutional affair and had continued to do so "despite the most disgusting provocation and abuse."
Mr Anthony told the annual conference of the Victorian National Party that the sooner Mr. Whitlam stopped his "shameful and disgraceful" attacks on Sir John the sooner the ALP could e rebuilt.
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