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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 2875


Senator LEWIS —My question is also directed to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs. I will wait until the Minister has turned on his hearing-aid.


The PRESIDENT —Order! Has the honour- able senator--


Senator LEWIS —I will wait until Senator Evans leaves the Minister alone.


The PRESIDENT —Order! Will the honourable senator ask his question or resume his seat.


Senator LEWIS —I refer to the Minister's statement on Tuesday night concerning the Australian War Memorial. I ask the Minister-I quote from his statement-who is the `suitably qualified person' who will receive responses by Air Vice-Marshal Flemming to the questions to be drawn up by the Minister--


The PRESIDENT —Order! There are far too many interjections on my right. I have already mentioned that Senator Gietzelt has difficulty in hearing and I ask that Senator Lewis be heard in silence.


Senator LEWIS —I ask the Minister: Who is the `suitably qualified person' who will receive responses by Air Vice-Marshal Flemming to the questions to be drawn up by the Minister and the Attorney-General? When will he or she take up the appointment and how long will it last? Finally, what is-again I quote from the Minister's statement-`the particular question of concern' which is to be put to Air Vice-Marshal Flemming?


Senator GIETZELT —Negotiations with that suitably eminent person referred to by Senator Lewis have been conducted by the Attorney-General's Department. This afternoon, when those negotiations have been completed with him, I will be in a position to issue a public statement about his appointment. When that is done, I will be in a position also to indicate the issues that will be raised by the Government with the person appointed, who then will, of course, invite a response from the Director.