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Tuesday, 4 October 1983
Page: 1241


Mr PEACOCK —My question is addressed to the Special Minister of State. Did the Australian Federal Police recently detect, by use of telephone taps, the payment of moneys to people in authority in New South Wales to ensure the early release of prisoners? When this was reported, did the New South Wales Government ask the Federal Government to stop the telephone tapping? Did the Federal Government accede to that request and did the telephone tapping cease? Was action subsequently taken to reinstate the telephone taps, but not at the specific request of the Federal Government or the New South Wales Government? As a result , was further evidence obtained regarding moneys paid to officials, including a Minister, in the New South Wales Government? Does the Minister's Department hold records on file from the Federal Police of reports relating to these matters? Is it correct that it was not until the Federal Police obtained evidence for a further time that the Federal Government advised the New South Wales Government of its knowledge of this alleged corruption? Finally, why did the Federal Government accede to the earlier request by the New South Wales Government for the telephone tapping to be stopped and why did the Federal Government delay in advising the New South Wales Government of what it knew?


Mr BEAZLEY —The Leader of the Opposition has raised a series of very detailed questions, some of which go to matters that are under investigation by the Federal Police. I will look at those questions in detail and provide him with an answer to them when I have an opportunity to do so.