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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1595

(Question No. 177)

Senator Mason asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 28 March 1985.

(1) Are the present whereabouts of Robert Trimbole known to the Government?

(2) Did the Government instruct any Australian law enforcement personnel to maintain knowledge of Trimbole's whereabouts following his release from Mountjoy Prison on 6 February 1985; if no such instruction was given, why was it not given; if such an instruction was given, what reasons are there for a failure to monitor Trimbole's whereabouts.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) As I stated in a telex to Senator Mason on 19 February 1985, the Government is taking all steps available to it to secure Mr Trimbole's return to Australia. The Government is being kept informed of current international investigations to locate Mr Trimbole. I am not prepared to give any further information, at this stage, on the present whereabouts of Mr Trimbole because it may prejudice those investigations.

(2) Yes; as to the consequential question, see my answer to question 1.