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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1954

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Attorney-General and is supplementary to that asked earlier by Senator Keeffe. As Queensland is now a claimant State and Commonwealth finance is involved, will the Attorney-General inquire into the bona fides of the Queensland Government and the serious complaints before the courts that drought and relief funds have been improperly distributed in that State?

Senator GREENWOOD - I have had occasion to say before that it is an unobservant person who would not realise that there is a State election about to take place in Queensland. We have heard questions such as this one asked over a period of some weeks in which this chamber has been used by some honourable senators from the Australian Labor Party in the hope of getting some publicity to impugn the current Government in Queensland. I certainly use those words advisedly because I gave an answer on notice to this question within the last week which . indicated that there were proceedings, as I was aware, taking place in the courts and that such were (he places where allegations of this sort ought to be aired and decided by a tribunal which is equipped to handle them. I can only deplore the departure from traditional standards by members of the Labor Party in seeking to use the publicity of this forum for the purpose for which they have.

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