The Honourable D.F. Quigley's Resignation - Strictly Political, Not Constitutional
June 1982 will be remembered for the Quigley affair. Precipitated by Mr D. F. Quigley's address to the Young Nationals on June 7, the Prime Minister responded with the ultimatum that the Minister either publicly apologise to his Cabinet colleagues or resign. Mr Quigley resigned. The Prime Minister: "[H]is speech went 'well beyond' the limits of collective responsibility in which cabinet ministers worked. . . [I]t went beyond that which was acceptable from a Cabinet Minister unless accompanied by his resignation." "Bear in mind that we are not talking about a backbencher." Said the Prime Minister: "[T]here is a real difference between what a backbencher could say and what a Minister could say."