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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4601

Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Prime Minister will be aware that, in the publication for the second time in a few weeks of unusual circumstances surrounding events pertaining to members of the staff of his Deputy, the doubts and suspicions must necessarily flow to the honesty and integrity of many of the industrious staff of members of his own front bench and of others within the Parliament. Of course, from this the Prime Minister must acknowledge also that there is genuine community apprehension about the competence and integrity of Ministers, that is, of course, even apart from the obvious failure of the policies that they espouse. Is it true that the Prime Minister and this Government do not follow any system of security clearance for the staff of Ministers? Will the Prime Minister assure the House that, in the future, security checks will be followed with respect to staff appointed to this Parliament so that all those other worthwhile members of staff can be cleared? Will the Prime Minister assure the House that if there are unusual circumstances surrounding any particular member of staff, perhaps that matter might be referred to the Royal Commission now inquiring into security and to which he has appointed His Honour, Mr Justice Hope, currently to inquire?

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