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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 961


Senator WALTERS —My question is directed to the Attorney-General. I refer him to a copy of a cheque allegedly signed by Mr Christo Moll, tabled in the Senate yesterday by the Minister for Resources and Energy, on the back of which is a notation 'Northmore Hale donation Liberal Party'. Does the Attorney consider that this document casts any reflection on the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Temby, who was a partner in the firm of Northmore Hale and, if so, what action does he propose to take in relation to the matter? If not, can he indicate what justification his colleague had for tabling the document?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I have no view on the former matter which Senator Walters raised. As to the justification for any action that may have been taken by my colleague, that is a matter for the honourable senator to question him about, not me.


Senator WALTERS —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. I asked two questions and the Minister answered only one. The first question was: Does the Attorney consider that this document casts any reflection on the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Temby, who was a partner in the firm of Northmore Hale, and, if so, what action does he propose to take in relation to the matter?


Senator GARETH EVANS —There is nothing I can usefully add to my previous reply. To the extent that it is proper that there be some further investigation of this matter in the context specifically of the request to that effect made by Mr Justice Murphy, which I indicated previously, no doubt that other aspect of the matter will be looked at as well. If there is anything appropriately flowing from that investigation no doubt that will be a matter of public record in due course.