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Thursday, 14 February 2002
Page: 251

Mr CREAN (2:06 PM) —This question is again to the Prime Minister, and I refer to my earlier question. Prime Minister, given that you announced publicly on 10 October 2001 that you would make inquiries into children allegedly being thrown overboard, is it correct that at no stage subsequently anyone from your department contacted you or your office with the information it had been provided that very same day, which showed there was no evidence of children being thrown overboard?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I was not told by my department. I have checked with my staff and they confirmed to me that they were not told by the department that the original information was wrong.