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Tuesday, 10 December 1974
Page: 3262

Senator CHANEY (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question, which I direct to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, relates to answers given by him to questions asked by Senators Carrick and Greenwood. I ask him: Is a person's commercial and business history a relevant consideration in assessing suitability for appointment to the staff of a Minister and, in particular, to the staff of the Treasurer?

Senator MURPHY - I suppose one could say that it is. I would think that would be taken into account by a Minister who was making an appointment. I suppose that the particular reason I had for opposing the proposal by Dr Cairns- this is, if th~ honourable member is referring to Miss Morosi, as evidently he is- is that she had recently been appointed to a post with Mr Grassby. It was a short term post and at Mr Grassby 's request. She was extemely important to him and to that office in establishing it, as the honourable senator probably has heard him say on television. No doubt the considerations to which he adverts are important.

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