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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 1716

Senator KEEFFE - My question, which is supplementary to the one I asked previously, is directed to the Minister representing the Treasurer. I hope it contains the information the Minister asked me to provide. Is the Minister aware that more than 100 persons have been involved by police questioning in the alleged misappropriation of Commonwealth-State drought aid funds? Is he also aware that some prominent persons in the South Burnett area of Queensland have been linked with the alleged offences and that approximately 97 charges have been made or are to be filed against a number of people? As the apparent delay in proceeding with the charges has been brought about because of the imminence of the Queensland State elections and because of the allegedly close ties of some persons involved in the charges with one of the conservative parties, will the Minister request the Queensland Government to proceed with all charges immediately so that innocent people whose names have been mentioned by rumour will be cleared of charges in which they are in no way involved?


I do not respond to wide-sweeping, smear questions of that nature.

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