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Monday, 20 May 1985
Page: 2202

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Community Services)(10.03) —I am informed that the decision to which Senator Rae has referred was a decision of the Board. I gather it was made at a non-scheduled meeting of the Board. Some members were in contact with other members of the Board by telephone. It was one of those meetings where there is a telephonic hookup. I am not sure where we go from there. The Chairman at the time was not physically present at the meeting. He was contacted at the time of the Board meeting, but he was not physically present at the meeting in Sydney, nor was he in direct contact with everyone continually throughout the meeting of the Board. It may be that those words were not accurate, but there is no question that it was a decision of the Board. I do not think the remarks about the Deputy Chairman of the Board need responding to. As neither Senator Rae nor I was present at that Board meeting we cannot make comments about who was the moving force in that matter.