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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1020


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition) —by leave-I am pleased that the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans) has brought this report into the Senate and that for the first time the Government has taken some interest in this matter. Of course this is not the first time that allegations of this sort have been raised in this place by Senator Walsh. This is the second or third occasion on which these matters have been raised. I draw the attention of the Senate to the fact that it took the reference to Mrs L. Murphy to activate some investigation. I am glad that has been done and I am glad that the fact that these documents are possibly malicious fabrications, to use the words of the Australian Federal Police, has been exposed to the Senate by the Attorney -General. I remind the Senate that these possibly malicious fabrications were introduced into this place by Senator Walsh, a Minister of the Crown. The Senate has already made clear its view of Senator Walsh and of his activities in this matter. It censured him a little over a fortnight ago.

The report which has been made by the Attorney-General bears out the objections which were raised in this place over Senator Walsh's behaviour, and it is quite clear that Senator Walsh is under the clearest possible obligation to apologise for all those he has smeared in this way.