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Thursday, 2 December 1971
Page: 3974

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - r ask the Treasurer a question about the absence of statistics revealed at question time Jas! Thursday. He will remember that last Thursday the Minister for the Interior told me that the Chief Electoral Officer had not yet obtained from the Commonwealth Statistician the census figures required before Western Australia can be given the additional electorate to which it is entitled and before any Stale can have electorates based on the current population. I ask him why the Statistican is taking so long to supply these figures after this years census. J ask him also, in the light of questions directed to him last Thursday by 'he honourable member for Paterson and the honourable member for Bradfield about foreign investment, why the Statistician has discontinued or deferred the publication of his usual bulletins on overseas participation in the Australian mining industry and in Australia manufacturing.

Mr SNEDDEN (BRUCE, VICTORIA) (Treasurer) - ! find m>-elf unable to answer either question. The best thing I can do is to have a conference with the Commonwealth Statistician. gel the answers and then provide .neill to the honourable gentlemen.

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