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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 332


Mr VAILE —My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories. I refer to the minister's submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment, Recreation and the Arts inquiry into the community cultural, recreation and sporting facilities program where she said that no records were made of her consultations with members of parliament and other organisations involving the allocation of grants under this program. Is it a standard practice in the minister's office not to keep records of her consultations or discussions with members of parliament and other organisations involving decisions on the allocation of taxpayers' funds for specific projects or does this policy apply only to the community cultural, recreation and sporting facilities program?


Mrs KELLY —The honourable member will be aware that the committee asked me a number of questions and I responded in detail to all of those. Today the committee wrote a letter to me which was signed by the deputy chairman, the honourable member for Wide Bay. The letter reads:

The Committee is still examining your reply but decided not to call you to give evidence. However it may find that there are some matters that require clarification or that there is a requirement for additional information. If the need arises the Committee will write to you again.

Those sorts of questions could be dealt with in the context of the committee. I am very pleased that the letter was signed by the honourable member for Wide Bay and also had the support of a National Party member and a Liberal Party member.