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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 1712

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Treasurer. Is the Minister aware that there have been recent inquiries in Queensland into allegations that fraudulent claims have been made for freight rebates on fodder for drought relief during the Queensland drought of 1970-71? Is the Minister aware also that substantial loans and grants were made from Commonwealth finance for drought relief and freight rebates? Can the Minister inform the Parliament of the amount of Commonwealth funds involved in the alleged fraud?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The question is an extraordinary one. The honourable senator asks whether I am aware that there have been allegations of freight frauds, or whatever it is. Then he asks whether I would know what the amount involved was. This is one of those questions which, I think, make an accusation in cold blood about a whole multitude of situations. I would think that the only real answer that I could give is to say that I will seek from the Treasurer some information. Obviously, inquiries would need to go beyond the Treasury. If I may say so with great courtesy to Senator Keeffe it is a pretty serious thing to phrase a question on such a matter in that way because the accusation is implied against all persons who, in the generality, have been obtaining this relief which they so desperately need.

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