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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4598

Mr CONNOLLY (BRADFIELD, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I wish to ask a question without notice of the Minister representing the Attorney-General. Are investigations being conducted into the allegations made last night by the honourable member for Bennelong regarding the recent appointment by the Deputy Prime Minister of an office co-ordinator? Is the officer in question a permanent or temporary public servant? Is it a fact that no security examination was made prior to this officer's appointment?

Mr WHITLAM -Mr Speaker,I will take this question. I did not hear the statement made last night in the adjournment debate and I have not been able to check it in Hansard, which has not yet been distributed. But as a result of the accounts in today's newspapers I have discussed this matter with the Deputy Prime Minister and he wishes me, as soon as the Hansard comes to hand, to get in touch with the Premier of New South Wales to secure the fullest and earliest account of any investigations.

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