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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 378

(Question No. 272)

Senator Colston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 8 May 1985:

Did the supervisor of the person who drove vehicle ZHM-755 on 23 January 1985 (see answer to question No. 28, Hansard, 8 May 1985 p. 1582) make any further enquiries other than speak to the driver concerned about the speed at which the vehicle was driven; if not, will the supervisor make further enquiries if that person is made aware that the driver's speed was observed by a Federal Member of Parliament and his family.

Senator Walsh —The Minister for Communications has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question, based on advice from the Australian Telecommunications Commission:

The supervisor interviewed the officer concerned on the basis of question No. 28 of 22 February and the response to question No. 28 was based on statements made at that interview.

The driver concerned was alone on both the outward and return journeys and as far as Telecom is aware, no other independent witnesses were available for interview.

In the circumstances, there would seem to be little point in the supervisor making further enquiries.