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Thursday, 27 May 1999
Page: 5598

Senator HERRON (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) (3:04 PM) —I spoke to the minister today to follow up that request from Senator Evans. The minister is aware of those questions from Senator Evans. She stated that, for the most part, they are detailed and multiple questions on interrelated topics. Many have required a significant level of data and information to be extracted from computer payment systems, databases and file records and analysed in some detail, and in some cases the department has only very recently been able to extract the information to prepare a draft answer. The minister is, however, aware of Senator Evans's desire to obtain the answers as soon as possible and is aiming to pass as many answers as possible directly to Senator Evans tomorrow.