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Wednesday, 5 October 1983
Page: 1356


Mr CUNNINGHAM —Can the Special Minister of State advise the House of any information he has relating to New South Wales Minister Jackson's belief that his telephone has been tapped?


Mr BEAZLEY —I am glad that the honourable gentleman has directed that question to me. I have been waiting for it to come forward from members of the Opposition after they were invited to direct it to me, but they have so far failed to do so . The answer is that a communication was received by the Minister for Communications. Mr Jackson was concerned at the possibility that, inter alia, unauthorised and unlawful interference with the telecommunications system in his office had taken place. When I received that information from the Minister for Communications, it was passed on to the Australian Federal Police. The Federal Police have conducted an investigation and are unable to find any evidence to sustain the complaints put forward by Mr Jackson in his letter to the Minister for Communications.