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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4032

(Question No. 4540)

Mr Blunt asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 16 September 1986:

(1) Did he say that Mr Peter Sawyer's book Dole Bludging-A Taxpayer's Guide has some merit but does not go far enough; if so what did he mean.

(2) If not, what public comments has he made about the book.

Mr Howe —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) If the honourable member is referring to my comments on the ``Willesee'' show of 20 June 1986, they were as follows:

I've had a good look at the book and let me say I don't reject the book in its entirety. I think that anyone that goes to the trouble of writing a couple of hundred pages about the social security system, particularly someone that has had experience in a regional office of the Department, their views ought to be taken seriously by me as Minister and by the Department. But it is, I think, disturbing that the book has had so much attention given the fact that there are quite fundamental errors.