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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 530

Senator MCAULIFFE - My question is directed to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate. I understand from the answer the Minister gave to my earlier question about the inquiry into poverty that he believes that no report can be expected until after the election. Will the Minister explain how the Prime Minister was able to say on the 'AM' programme this morning that an interim report on the basic issues of poverty was expected before the election? Is the Minister revealing to the Senate that the Prime Minister has been misleading the Australian public in relation to the timing of the release of the interim report by Professor Henderson?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I am doing no such thing. The honourable senator asked me whether there would be an interim report. The Prime Minister in the House of Representatives and I in this place made the announcement last night at 8.30. Therefore 1 do not see why I should presume that there will be an interim report. I will not say anything further. I will seek some information, and if any is available, I will pass it to the honourable senator.

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