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Thursday, 12 May 1994
Page: 705


Senator NEWMAN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the Telegraph Mirror of 12 May 1994 carries a story in which the Prime Minister (Mr Keating) claims that his wife, Mrs Annita Keating, was one of the prime movers in securing a so-called $100 million boost for breast cancer research in the 1994-95 Budget,

    (ii)the only money allocated for breast cancer research in the Budget is $1 million for matching public donations to a foundation of which Mrs Keating is patron,

    (iii)a further $1 million will be expended on the overheads of the foundation, and

    (iv)if these funds had been used for tax deductibility for public donations the funds raised for breast cancer research in 1994-95 would have been approximately $5 million;

  (b)while welcoming any contribution to breast cancer research, condemns the Prime Minister for the way he has been trying to deceive Australian women; and

  (c)calls on the editor of the Telegraph Mirror to check and double check the truth of any statement made by the Prime Minister.