Source: The Mercury, 19 September, 1995
by John Ferguson in Canberra Federal Health Minister Carmen Lawrence yesterday faced another sustained attack over the Easton af- fair but made her first serious return to the policy debate for weeks. The Opposition yesterday pushed ahead with its at- tacks on Dr. Lawrence des- pite the Easton royal com- mission being severely undermined in recent weeks. Dr. Lawrence tried to play down the number of times she had "couldn't recall or remember" answers dur- ing her day of evidence at the commission last week. Dr. Lawrence used a series of statistics collated by her office to suggest that while she had failed to re- call some key points during her evidence to the commiss- ion, her recollection had been better than the average. She had uttered 34,385 words at the inquiry and there had been a total 27 times where she could not recall or re- member instances. She said this translated to once every 1273 words compar- ed with the commission average of witnesses being unable to recall or remember facts once every 951 words.
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