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Tuesday, 21 May 1985
Page: 2276


Senator MacGIBBON(9.36) —In the years that Senator Gareth Evans has been here we have become used to the intemperate, unbalanced and irrational elements of his character coming out on many occasions, and this is yet another one. I did not make the allegation, inference or implication that any member of the Department lied to the Senate. They were less than forthcoming in the information they were prepared to advance, and it is a proper and correct role for an Estimates Committee to seek that information from it. That is all I want to say on that matter.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

GROUP F

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Proposed expenditure, $24,664,000.

Department of Transport

Proposed expenditure, $ 2,427,000.

Department of Aviation

Proposed expenditure, $845,000.

Department of Territories

Proposed expenditure, $5,688,000.

Department of Local Government and Administrative Services

Proposed expenditure $17,185,000.

Rent (Defence)

Proposed expenditure $859,000.