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Thursday, 26 November 1981
Page: 2760

(Question No. 1043)

Senator Walsh asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 20 August 1981:

(1) Was Mr R. Baudino, an employee of the Liberal Party, permitted to attend the Budget lock-up held in the Senate Committee Rooms on 18 August 1981; if so, what organisation did he represent and who approved his attendance.

(2) Which media organisations, industry and other associations and individuals were admitted to the lock-up.

(3) What are the criteria for admittance to the lock-up and what person or persons were responsible for enforcing them.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) No.

(2) Adelaide Advertiser; Agence France Presse; Australian Agricultural News Bureau; Australian Associated Press; Australian Chamber of Commerce; Australian Financial Review; Australian Information Service; Australian Press Services; Brisbane Telegraph; Business Review; Canberra Times; Capital Communications Services; Capital Seven News; CCH Australia; Confederation of Australian Industry; Courier Mail, Brisbane; Economic Information Service; Illawarra Mercury; Independent Broadcasting Services; Macquarie News; Melbourne Herald; Melbourne Sun News-Pictorial; Monitor News; Nachrichten Fur Aussenhandel (W. Germany); National Farmer; National Nine Network; National Times; News Ltd; Objective Publications; O/Ten Network; Perth Daily News; Radio 2CA; Radio 2CC; Radio 2CN; Radio 2SM; Radio 2UE; Radio 2XX; Radio Australia; Seven Network; Special Broadcasting Service; Specialised Press Agency; Sun-Herald Sydney; Sydney Morning Herald; Sydney Sun; The Age, Melbourne; The Australian Broadcasting Commission; The Bulletin; The Financial Times, London; The Land; The West Australian; Weekly Times, Melbourne; Mr D. Barnett, OBE, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister; Mr O. Lloyd, Press Officer, Prime Minister's Office; Dr J. R. Baker, Australian Development Assistance Bureau.

(3) Accredited representatives of media organisations and representatives of a small number of broadly-based industry and labour organisations, approved by me, are permitted access to the Budget lock-up. The lock-up is supervised by Treasury officers.