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Friday, 15 June 1984
Page: 3135

Senator TOWNLEY —Is the Attorney-General aware of comments by the former Commissioner for Community Relations and former Labor Minister, Al Grassby, that he would not seek Australian Labor Party pre-selection for the seat of Fraser because he expected to be appointed to an important government position? Is there any basis for widespread speculation that the post under consideration for Mr Grassby is that of Chairman of the Human Rights Commission when that position becomes available later this year? Does the Attorney-General agree that Mr Grassby's provocative and one-eyed shoot from the lip style would do more harm than good in such a sensitive and important post?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I have not heard the comment attributed to Mr Grassby. It would be highly inappropriate for me either to confirm or deny anything about the proposed appointment to that position or indeed any other before it takes place. All I can say is that if that speculation is as accurate as Mr Grassby's estimate of his chances of winning the Fraser pre-selection, I am not sure that it deserves the kind of attention that Senator Townley has given to it.