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Wednesday, 24 March 1965


Senator GORTON (Victoria) (Minister for Works) .- in reply - Mr. President, tonight Senator McClelland has told us about things which may be facts and which he himself cannot vouch for as being facts but only as having been related to him as facts. Consequently, we really have not anything on which to bite. I should be glad to know whether the honorable senator has yet approached the Minister for Territories (Mr. Barnes) with the story that he has related to the Senate and whether, with the Minister, he has investigated the truth or otherwise of what he has been told.


Senator McClelland - No, I have not approached the Minister, because the matter was referred to me only on the day before the Parliament resumed and the gentleman concerned had already complained to the Administration without having received satisfaction.


Senator GORTON - We are in the position where we have listened to allegations about things which have not been shown to be facts and where the Minister for Territories has not been approached in an effort to investigate the truth or otherwise of them. I shall bring the honorable senator's remarks to the attention of the Minister. I suggest that Senator McClelland also should approach the Minister for Territories, whom I am sure he will find to be very cooperative, and satisfy himself, together with the Minister, whether the things that are alleged to have happened are or are not facts. Until that is determined, there is not much that we can discuss.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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