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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1285

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Government in the Senate. 1 preface it by reminding him that some weeks ago he stated that he would obtain for me, as a matter of urgency, details of the Commonwealth financial grants which have been made available to the Queensland Government for relief and rebuilding of the cyclone damaged city of Townsville. He also stated that he would obtain details of how such finance was to be allocated. That information has not yet been made available to me. I now ask the Minister whether the reason for the lack of information is the fact that no grant has yet been made by the Commonwealth Government to Queensland.


Whenever I am asked a question which relates to the portfolio of another Minister and I say that I will obtain the information my staff refers that question to the relevant department and asks it to make available the information sought by the honourable senator asking the question. That is the normal process. I do not do that physically myself. I have a staff to do those things for me. I will find out what is the situation in relation to the earlier question asked by the honourable senator. In the process I will refresh the minds of those who are handling it and obtain the required information as quickly as possible.

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