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Wednesday, 30 April 1969

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - Has the attention of the Leader of the Government in the Senate been directed to an article in the Brisbane 'Courier-Mail' of Tuesday, 29th April 1969, which indicates that the Premier of Queensland has made public the text of a strongly worded letter that he sent to the Prime Minister seeking an immediate decision on Queensland's application for Commonwealth drought aid, the letter inferring procrastination on the part of the Commonwealth Government? Will the Minister please inform the Senate whether the Queensland Government presented a documented case in support of its application for drought aid? If the answer is in the affirmative, what is the reason for the delay in responding to the request? If the Queensland Government has not presented an adequate case for drought aid, will the Minister indicate that to be the case and so put a stop to what appears to be a game of passing the buck?

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