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Wednesday, 4 December 1974
Page: 3088

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Will the Leader of the Government in the Senate inform the Senate how the granting of low cost accommodation to a highly paid government employee who could well alford private accommodation would 'advance the implementation of government policy in the important field of human rights'?

Senator MURPHY - As the question obviously refers to the former assistant to Mr Grassby who has been involved in this area of community relations, I would indicate that, contrary to what appeared in the afternoon Press, she was not provided with accommodation. The next point is that had she continued in that position, I think the provision of such accommodation would have made a significant contribution in that a person who was working closely with Mr Grassby and who needed to be here should be provided with accommodation. Perhaps I should indicate further that Mr Bryant, whose Department handles these matters, has said that there is some policy whereby a Minister is entitled to nominate one person on his staff and such a person is given priority. He requested that I send a letter supporting the application by the assistant, and I did so.

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