Index to parliamentary questions on defence

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Gary Brown

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Policy paper

Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No. 58

The right of Parliamentarians to ask Questions of Ministers is central to the Westminster system and a key element in the accountability of the Executive Government to Parliament. 

In the defence and national security field, where much information tends to be classified, the answers provided by successive Governments to Parliamentary Questions with or without notice form a major, but often under-utilised, information resource.

To make this information more readily accessible, Gary Brown has prepared an index of Answers to Questions on defence and national security for the period February 1981 to December 1988. Answers are indexed under a number of headings for ease of access. An explanation of the indexing system is included. The answers are also summarised and the location of the full text in Hansard given.

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