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Wednesday, 29 November 2000
Page: 20206

Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 14 September 2000:

(1) Can details be provided of the cases of mismanagement to which Mr Silins referred.

(2) Can details be provided to show what evidence Mr Silins has to substantiate these claims.

(3) If he has no evidence, what action will the Minister take to ensure that Mr Silins either produces evidence or apologises to the Association for discrediting its name.

Senator Newman (Minster for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Mr Silins was misquoted in the newspaper. He did not refer to mismanagement.

(2) I refer to my previous answer.

(3) Again, I refer to my previous answer.