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Thursday, 5 December 1985
Page: 2990

Senator WALTERS(11.07) —The Minister for Finance has just told me that it is the taxpayer who pays when a Minister entertains dignitaries.

Senator Walsh —No, that is not what I said.

Senator WALTERS —The Minister did not just say: `Guests of the Government'. He very clearly added to that list. He has just told me that the taxpayers pay whenever a Minister entertains for business reasons. Can the Minister tell me who pays when shadow Ministers entertain in the same circumstances?