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Friday, 7 September 1984
Page: 669

Senator ARCHER —I refer the Attorney-General again to the reported correspondence between him and former Special Prosecutor Redlich. Why did the Attorney-General ignore Mr Redlich's plea for a continuation and extension of the excellent co-operation he established with the Victorian Government in the complex corporate matters arising from royal commission investigations? What matters under Victorian law which Mr Redlich was considering had to be dropped because of the failure of the Attorney to act on th suggestion that the new Director of Public Prosecutions should continue the co-operation pioneered so effectively by Mr Redlich?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I appreciate that there is a certain inflexibility about the Opposition when it comes to its conduct at Question Time but I would have thought even Senator Archer would have appreciated that that is a question which I have both addressed and answered in the context of the answer I gave earlier.

Senator Button —It depends on what happens when you hand the questions out-on who gets which question.

Senator GARETH EVANS —I think the point that Senator Button makes is a perfectly apt description of the processes, mental and otherwise, that seem to occur on the other side of this chamber. The reality of the matter is that the answer to that question is amply set out in the correspondence which I have tabled and incorporated in Hansard.