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Thursday, 2 September 1999
Page: 9814

Mr BEAZLEY —My question is the Minister for Aged Care. Isn't it a fact that the details of the award program arrived at the earliest in members' offices on 10 August and some as late as 20 August? Since it is your bungle, will you extend the deadline?

Mrs BRONWYN BISHOP (Aged Care) —I can only repeat what I said in my last answer and refer you to the letter that I subsequently wrote in which I said: `By the 6th'—that is next Monday—`I need the name of the one person that you are each sending to Canberra and that you have until 1 October during which you can make the remainder of the 19 awards.' That letter went out to you some time ago. If you have not seen it—I might add for the Labor Party that your copy of the letter was taken and delivered to your whip for him to fax it to you—perhaps you might ask your whip.