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Monday, 18 November 2002
Page: 6592

Senator O'BRIEN (3:03 PM) —Pursuant to standing order 74(5), I ask the Minister representing the Treasurer, Senator Minchin, for an explanation as to why an answer has not been provided to question on notice No. 553, asked on 15 August this year.

Senator MINCHIN (Minister for Finance and Administration) (3:03 PM) —This question was asked of me in my capacity as the Minister representing the Treasurer. I only found out this afternoon that Senator O'Brien's question had not, to this point, been responded to. I have undertaken some inquiries as a result of Senator O'Brien's approaches and have been told by the Treasurer's office that there will be an answer to his question by the end of tomorrow. That undertaking has been given by the Treasurer's office today, and we contacted Senator O'Brien's office to convey that undertaking and to apologise for the delay that has occurred.