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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 12


Senator MacGIBBON —My question, which is directed to the Attorney-General, follows on earlier questions today relating to the reported decision by the then Minister responsible for Customs, Senator Murphy, to downgrade the surveillance of Mr Abe Saffron in 1974-75. Did the Menzies report into the Sala case establish that Mr Sala, during his stay in Australia, stayed at a motel owned by Mr Saffron? Did Mr Menzies make any findings about the relationship between Mr Sala and Mr Saffron? Finally, will the Attorney-General, belatedly, table the Menzies report so that the full facts of this matter are known?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I do not propose to table the Menzies report on the Sala matter, for all the reasons I spelt out in loving and elaborate detail in this place in the latter part of March when we were debating this furphy at nauseous length. Nor do I propose to give further nourishment to Senator MacGibbon in his explorations of what manifestly, in the light of the matter put before the Senate, proved I think to the satisfaction of everyone in this place to be a misconceived allegation against Senator Murphy on that occasion.