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Thursday, 31 May 1984
Page: 2222


Senator MARTIN(12.42) —I am going to display a little bad temper about this matter. Some months ago, in March, I asked a question in the Senate which included this matter. Unfortunately, the Hansard record had a misprint. Senator Grimes subsequently provided information to the Senate on a question which should have read: 'How many of the non-private health fund employees were recruited on a temporary contract basis and how many on a permanent basis?' It actually read: 'How many of the now private health fund employees . . .'. At the time I pointed out that that was a bit of a nonsense. When Senator Grimes gave me the answer, the question had been reworded so that it stated: 'How many of the former private health fund employees were recruited on a temporary contract basis?'. That was a reasonable rewording, given the typographical error that had been made. The answer to that question was actually identical to the answer to another question which was one of a set of questions asked at the same time. On 30 March I pointed this out and said I understood that Senator Grimes would get me an answer to that question. It is now 31 May and I do not have it.