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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 2950

Mr Hansen (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Can the Attorney-General say whether the Queensland Government has investigated claims for freight rebates on grain in 1970-71, allegedly for drought relief fodder, which was instead used as stock feed, mainly for pigs.

(2)   If so, can he also say whether prosecutions are being initiated against offenders.

(3)   As funds were provided by the Commonwealth for freight rebates on drought relief fodder, will the Commonwealth be entitled to a refund of moneys fraudulently paid out as drought relief freight rebate.

(4)   Were Commonwealth investigators involved in any inquiry.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   I am informed that Queensland police conducted a lengthy investigation into the alleged misuse of funds for drought relief in 1970-71.

(2)   Two persons have been committed for trial at the current sittings of the District Court, Brisbane, on a number of charges of false pretences. A substantia] number of further charges is yet to be heard in the lower court.

(3)   As this question calls for the expression of a legal opinion I do not propose to answer it.

(4)   No. (See answer to Question No. 2910, Hansard, page 2871, 7th May 1971).

Repatriation: Local Medical Officers (Question No. 5309)

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for

Repatriation, upon notice:

(1)   What was the cost of administering payment to local Medical Officers in 1970-71.

(2)   What is the estimated cost for 1971-72.

Mr Holten - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The estimated cost to the Repatriation Department of administering payment to Repatriation Local Medical Officers in 1970-71 was $106,000.

(2)   $109,000.

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