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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 521

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate. In relation to the Government's belated announcement of an inquiry into poverty, is it a fact that Professor Henderson said today on the AM' programme on Australian Broadcasting Commission radio that he would be unable to make any interim report before Christmas? If recommendations cannot be made before the election, what guarantee have the people of Australia that the recommendations by Professor Henderson will be carried out? Will the Government give a firm assurance now that the recommendations made by Professor Henderson will be implemented, and that this long-needed inquiry will not be used as an election gimmick by a desperate government on the eve of dismissal?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -BROCKM AN- Surely the honourable senator does not expect Professor Henderson to go into this very wide field of investigation and to make a report within a couple of months, even an interim report. I would have thought that every one of us, both on the Government side and on the Opposition side, would be looking to Professor Henderson to give us a very full and detailed report of his findings.

I did not hear the programme to which the honourable senator has referred, but I did hear Professor Henderson being questioned earlier on radio this morning, and he said he expects 2 years to elapse before he presents his report. I hope that every facility will be afforded to him to carry out the job that we all want him to do.

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