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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3169

Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) - My question which is addressed to the Attorney-General arises because of the conflicting reports in the media concerning this subject. I ask the Attorney-General: Will he as soon as practicable inform the Senate on what date Junie Morosi commenced work on the staff of the former Minister for Immigration, Mr Grassby, and when she left that post? On what date did she commence work on the staff of the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Cairns? When was Mr Grassby informed of the transfer of the lady to her new job?

Senator MURPHY - I am not sure of the date on which she commenced, but that can be readily ascertained. As to the transfer, I spoke to Dr Cairns this morning about it and he told me that actually the instruction was given by him the day before yesterday, and apparently the matter is being processed. He was not quite sure whether it had gone through or what stage it had reached in its progress through the various Public Service mechanisms. That is the best information I can give.

Senator Marriott - I ask the AttorneyGeneral, as I started: Will he as soon as practicable tell me the dates when this happened?

Senator MURPHY - I will endeavour to find out the dates.

Senator Marriott - You have made it more conflicting than the original confliction

Senator MURPHY - I will endeavour to find out the dates, but it is not usual for me to be expected to carry these dates.

Senator Marriott - The whole episode is not usual.

Senator MURPHY - Senator Marriottsays that the whole episode is not usual, and I think that is right. I suppose one might say that if we were dealing with a father of 3 adult sons instead of a mother of 3 sons the Opposition would not be asking the kinds of questions that have been asked about this matter. I will endeavour to find out what the dates are, but the honourable senator would know that this was announced several days ago by Dr Cairns. My assumption was thai the process, in any event, had been initiated. I told the Senate that yesterday, and Dr Cairns confirmed to me this morning that that was so.

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