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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
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Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Attorney-General. I express concern at the apparent blockade that, in conjunction with the Minister for Administrative Services, has been imposed to stop dialogue between the Chief Commonwealth Electoral Officer, the Crown Solicitor's officers and the Federal Parliamentary Electoral Committee, of which I am the secretary, in relation to the provisions of the Electoral Act which apply to election expenses. This is a project in relation to which I have been negotiating for weeks and weeks. In the light of a telegram which he would have received in his office this morning, may I have an assurance from the Attorney that we will be able to meet those officers not later than next Wednesday night, in view of the termination of the sittings?

Senator DURACK - This matter was raised with me before I went overseas.

Senator Mulvihill - Yes. I am indicting your interim deputy more so than you. The letter is from Mr Ellicott. He is the one I am indicting.

Senator DURACK -The position is that I thought that matter had been resolved. I am sorry to hear that it has not been. I will certainly attend to it and see that the matter is sorted out as quickly as possible.

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