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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3165

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Capital Territory whether he, in the interests of open government and in order to clarify aspects surrounding Miss Morosi 's application for a flat, will table the file that relates to her application.

Senator MURPHY - If the honourable senator wants to ask any questions which are not already covered by those appearing on the notice paper, let him do so. If there is some particular matter which excites his interest about this. further than has already appeared, let him raise it. I repeat that this subject matter- this point was raised just now by Senator Sir Magnus Cormack- refers to a public servant. According to the reports that I have received she has done her job extremely well and nobody has made the slightest suggestion in relation to her competence in the work which she has done with Mr Grassby. She has done a great deal of work. The Secretary of my Department assured me this morning that all of the reports that he has had from people who have worked with her in the Department are favourable to her. She has done her job extremely well and she has been extremely well qualified for it. The application which she made for accommodation in Canberra was a proper application. She was entitled to make it. The application was made while she was in the post with Mr Grassby, and apparently because as a result of the decision made by Dr Cairns she is transferring to his area of responsibility, this matter then becomes a great federal case. I say again that if the honourable senator has anything to say about her competence or her qualifications then he should say it. If he has anything to say about whether she was entitled to apply for accommodation, he should say it.

Senator YOUNG - I wish to ask a supplementary question, Mr Deputy President.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT- I will hear the question.

Senator YOUNG -I would like the Leader of the Government in the Senate to say whether or not he will table the file in the interests of open government.

Senator MURPHY -That is a matter for Mr Bryant. It falls within his area of responsibility, and I shall refer the honourable senator's question to him.

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