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Tuesday, 29 May 1984
Page: 2300


Mr TICKNER —I direct my question to the Minister for Finance in his capacity as Minister responsible for all matters of expenditure, including expenditure on the Public Service. Can the Minister advise the House of the actual and estimated growth in Australian Public Service staff numbers since 1982-83?


Mr DAWKINS —I thank the honourable member for his question. This relates to a matter which has received some attention in recent times. It was also the subject of one of the many Press releases of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition which have, of course, sunk without trace. The point that the-


Mr Howard —He thought it was a bottom of the harbour scheme.


Mr SPEAKER —I warn the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.


Mr Howard —That is probably what he thought it was.


Mr SPEAKER —I warn the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.


Mr Howard —He is obsessed with harbours.


Mr SPEAKER —I name the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.


Mr Peacock —He was talking to me.

Motion (by Mr Young) proposed:

That the honourable member for Bennelong be suspended from the service of the House.