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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 473

Senator MULVIHILL - I address a question to either the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior or the Leader of the Government in the Senate. It overlaps both their areas of responsibility. By way of preface, I refer to the skirmish last year in Senate Estimates Committee B when there was some reluctance to divulge information on the financial details of the Postmaster-General's Department and the Australian Broadcasting Commission. I now refer to the cloak of secrecy that envelopes the 3-year long negotiations between the New South Wales Premier and the Prime Minister on the release of the Sydney Harbour foreshores for recreational parkland purposes. If the information is not forthcoming in reply to a question without notice, can I, in the light of the Senate Estimates Committee precedent involving matters concerning the PostmasterGeneral's Department, expect to receive that information when the Estimates are discussed?

Senator COTTON - 1 did not have the good fortune to be involved with Senator Mulvihill when he insisted and had information produced for him about the Post.masterGeneral's Department. But he would know well enough that all Government Ministers, myself included, are here to try to give serious answers to serious questions. A number of authorities are involved in the matter to which he refers, the release of parkland on the Sydney Harbour foreshores. The Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy and the Department of the Interior are all involved. So I imagine that it is a question for me to direct to those 3 Departments and to try to combine the answers so that the honourable senator can obtain the information which he is seeking.

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