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Wednesday, 24 March 2004
Page: 21823

Senator FORSHAW (3:05 PM) —Pursuant to standing order 74, I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science for an explanation as to why an answer has not been provided to question on notice No. 2453, which I asked on 8 December 2003. I advised Senator Vanstone, who is the Minister representing the Minister for Science, that I would be asking her for an explanation today, but I note that she has already left the chamber. It has been 107 days since this question was put on notice, and I think it is about time that the minister answered the question. I cannot ask Senator Vanstone directly, because she is not here, but I would ask—

Senator Mackay —Did you tell her office?

Senator FORSHAW —I certainly told her office. She was advised in writing by facsimile this morning.