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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 308

Mr Lloyd (MURRAY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice, on 9 May 1979:

When a Government Department or Authority receives competitive tenders for the supply of a particular commodity, does any official in that Department or Authority have any power, either with or without ministerial direction, to threaten the tenderers with loss of that contract, either in whole or in part, unless the tenderer or tenderers reduce their tender price.

Mr Viner - The Minister representing the AttorneyGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

I am able to answer only as to the factual situation in my own Department. In relation to the AttorneyGeneral 's Department the answer to the honourable member's question is no'.

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