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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1830

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate)- Mr President, I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

That the Senate re-affirms the principle expressed in the resolution agreed to in the Committee of the Whole on 2 December 197 1 and adopted by the Senate on 9 December 197 1, viz, that whilst it may be argued that statutory authorities are not accountable through the responsible Minister of State to Parliament for day to day operations, they may be called to account by Parliament itself at any time and that there are no areas of expenditure of public funds where these corporations have a discretion to withhold details or explanations from Parliament or its committees unless the Parliament has expressly provided otherwise.

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