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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1711

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Can the Special Minister of State say whether he has received a letter from the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Greenwood, and a telegram from the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the other place, Mr Lynch, complaining that members of their staffs are not being paid their overtime and travel allowances? If the Minister has received these complaints will he tell the Senate whether the charges made by Mr Lynch on the television program 'Federal File' are correct? If they are correct, what are the names of the people not being paid and the amount of money involved in each case?

Senator WILLESEE - A telegram did come in which I referred to my Department. It was related to a question that was raised earlier. I understand that a cheque had already been forwarded before Mr Lynch appeared on the program 'Federal File'. I did ask for the exact details but I did not bring them into the chamber with me. I understand that there was a slight delay in payment to an officer on Mr Lynch 's staff. I do not think it was untoward and I do not think the amount he stated was correct.

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