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Thursday, 5 December 1974

Mr Bourchier asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is Mr E. Walsh still employed on his staff as Public Relations Officer.

(2)   If not, can he say if Mr Walsh intends servicing the needs of various private firms with respect to their representations to the Australian Government.

(3)   If so, are there any precedents for a situation whereby a person who may have had access to privileged information places himself in a position to take advantage of it.

(4)   Can he list the names of the firms to be serviced by Mr Walsh 's organisation.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Mr Walshhas resigned with effect from midDecember 1974.

(2)   See(l).

(3)   I understand that some members of the personal staff of previous non-Labor Prime Ministers have taken up occupations outside Government employment. I can. however inform the honourable member that individual members of my own staff only have access to official papers and information when there is a requirement for them to have such access.

(4)   If the honourable member requires this information he should request it of Mr Walsh.

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