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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2399

(Question No. 4564)

Mr Donald Cameron asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 18 September 1986:

Further to Question No. 3336 placed on the Notice Paper on 13 March 1986,

(a) have more than 6 months passed since the question was first placed on the Notice Paper;

(b) have 19 Ministers already replied to a similar question;

(c) when can I expect an answer to the question; and

(d) what does this delay say about the efficiency of the internal reporting system in his department.

Mr Lionel Bowen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) yes;

(b) yes;

(c) a reply to Question No. 3336 appeared in Hansard on 17 February 1987 at page 106;

(d) the Attorney-General's portfolio is very diverse and, to ensure the provision of accurate and comprehensive information, details had to be obtained from all authorities under my control. This course of action, although time consuming, was considered to be appropriate on this occasion.