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Tuesday, 15 April 1980
Page: 1437

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate who will recall that on 6 March 1 980 1 directed to him a question about the Parliamentary Library research staff arising from the criteria laid down by the Prime Minister following the removal of the two officers from the Office of National Assessments. I put the question to the Minister that there was some suspicion that parliamentary research officers could be inhibited by not being given access to special information which could be transferred and advised to members of Parliament. The Minister will recall that he promised to discuss the matter and to clarify it with the Prime Minister. He expressed the view that he understood that that flow of information would not be disturbed. In view of the publicity, too, about Mr Dunn, I wonder whether the Leader of the Government in the Senate has yet had an occasion to discuss this matter and whether there is any suspicion that our research officers of the library will not be able to give the best advice to members of the Parliament and to the committees.

Senator CARRICK - What I did initially was to assure myself that there was no apparent inhibition upon the flow of basic information to research officers and therefore to parliamentarians, but I did not have the time to probe the matter in greater depth than that. I acknowledge now that events of recent days and weeks may make the question even more relevant. May I take the question on notice on that basis and see whether I can get further in-depth information?

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