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Thursday, 14 September 1972
Page: 820

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) - The AttorneyGeneral will recall that some few weeks ago I asked him a question relating to the adequacy of the staffing of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel. He on that occasion gave what I took to be something in the nature of an interim reply. I now ask the Attorney-General: Has he yet been able to examine the position in depth and to reach a point where useful information can be supplied to the Parliament on the reasons for the frequent, quite considerable delays in drafting work in the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and to indicate ways to overcome the problem?

Senator GREENWOOD - The honourable senator's question is one which requires a detailed and comprehensive reply. I shall look at the matter and provide him with that reply. Possibly this can be done in the course of discussions in the Senate Estimates Committees' hearings. But if the honourable senator does not pursue it at that time, I will endeavour to obtain for him a full answer as soon as I can.

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