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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 960


Senator CHANEY —My question is directed to the Minister for Resources and Energy . When he tabled the copies of the cheques yesterday, did the Minister have in his possession or did he have access to a copy of the reverse side of the cheque stub on which had been written the words 'diamond purchase Mrs L. Murphy'? If he did, why did he not table it in the course of his muck-raking exercise in the Senate yesterday?


Senator WALSH —I tabled those documents yesterday without comment as to anything that was written on them. They were simply tabled. I am satisfied that they are genuine photocopies. I also note for the record that the name 'L Murphy' is much more common than 'Crichton-Browne'.


Senator CHANEY —I ask a supplementary question. The Minister has totally failed to answer the question. I ask him: Did he have in his possession a copy of the reverse cheque stub on which had been written the words 'diamond purchase Mrs L. Murphy'? I remind the Minister that he tabled copies, or what purported to be copies, of three cheques, purported copies of three cheque stubs, and the copies of only two of the reverse of the cheque stubs. I ask him: Did he have a copy of the reverse of the third cheque stub? Did he withhold that from the Senate when he put the other documents on the table here?


Senator WALSH —I am satisfied that the documents I tabled are photocopies of documents which exist. I again invite anyone who cares to look through the telephone book to see how many times they can find 'L Murphy' and how many times they can find 'Crichton-Browne'.