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Tuesday, 21 May 1985
Page: 2271

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Community Services)(8.58) —I can certainly seek to get such a letter. I suppose I could go back to the start of Federation getting letters, one after another. I will seek whatever information I can get and I suppose that anything I cannot get Senator Rae will try to get through the Freedom of Information Act. I am not particularly interested in indulging in Senator Rae's capacity to conduct interesting fishing expeditions of this type. Quite clearly, what happened was that an efficiency audit was conducted in combination with the Auditor-General and Australia Post. It was decided by mutual agreement that they were getting nowhere so they gave it away. I am not very happy with that any more than Senator Rae is happy with it, but I am also not very happy to go back to try to pin blame on individuals or organisations when we might stretch things a bit in trying to do that.