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Thursday, 27 April 1961

Mr POLLARD (Lalor) - by leave- I wish to make a statement concerning the accuracy of the " Hansard " report of the answer to a question that I asked in the House yesterday. This is a very important matter. Yesterday, I asked the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr. Adermann) a question about a report prepared by Personnel Administration Proprietary Limited for the Australian Wool Bureau. The Minister replied that as the report was in the nature of a confidential document, and as knowledge of its contents might be of advantage to competitors of wool, it was not likely that the report would be made available. I notice that in " Hansard " the Minister's reply is not reported fully. I have not interviewed the " Hansard " department about this matter yet. I did not think it desirable or fair that 1 should do so. The Minister's statement that it might not be desirable for the contents of the report prepared by Personnel Administration Proprietary Limited to come to the knowledge of competitors of wool is an important part of the answer, for if the report is not made available because it may be disadvantageous to the wool industry I shall have no opportunity to assess whether the report is in fact dangerous to the wool industry. I suggest that you, Sir, should inquire whether the Minister was justified in deleting the latter part of his answer, as it appears he did, although I am not certain.

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