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Thursday, 7 June 1984
Page: 2757

Senator PRIMMER —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Why did the Department of Foreign Affairs not cable immediately to Ambassador Whitlam the text of my question of 29 May, as is the usual procedure? Is it a fact that Mr Whitlam learnt of that question relating to the interception of his mail by the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Queen in November 1975 from the media? Can the Minister indicate at what stage are the investigations into this matter?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I am not in a position to give any indication as to the condition of those investigations or to respond to the other matter raised by Senator Primmer, but as is my normal practice in these matters I will refer Senator Primmer's question to the Minister and seek an early response.