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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1951

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Treasurer, and possibly it could be directed also to the Minister representing the Minister Tor Primary Industry. Is the Minister aware thai a magistrate's court held at Brisbane on 13th and 14th March 1972 for the purpose of taking evidence into the alleged disappearance of drought aid funds was transferred from a public court to a conference room in the Brisbane Treasury Building with an allegedly inadequate period of notice to the public and has now been adjourned until a date after the State election? Is the Minister aware also that two names well known in political circles - Bjelke-Petersen and Adermann - were raised frequently during the hearing? What action is the Government taking to protect Commonwealth drought aid funds made available to Queensland?

Senator COTTON - I certainly am not aware of any of these Press reports that are referred to, nor am I aware of any speculation in relation to the names of people connected therewith. I will not comment beyond that. I shall seek from the Treasurer an answer to the honourable senator's question.

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