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Tuesday, 9 October 1984
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The following papers were presented:

Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation Act-Orders 1984-

MQ9-Sheepmeat and/or Goatmeat to EEC-1984 Control Scheme.

M22-1985 Performance.

Lands Acquisition Act-Statement by the Minister describing land acquired by agreement under sub-section 7 (1) of the Act, for specified public purposes.

Seat of Government (Administration) Act-Determinations made under the following Ordinances-

Adoption of Children.

Building and Services.



Real Property.

Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Registration of Deeds.

Sale of Motor Vehicles.

Governor-General's Message-Assent to Law: A Message from His Excellency the Governor-General was reported, informing the Senate that His Excellency had, in the name of Her Majesty, assented to the following law:

9 October 1984-Message No. 85-

Repatriation Legislation Amendment Act 1984.


(Question No. 1110)

Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 5 September 1984:

(1) Can the Minister for Transport, following the recommendation contained in the House of Representative's Standing Committee on Expenditure's report on lighthouses, dated December 1983, that the Minister establish a referral committee, to include the Australian Lighthouse Association, which would explore alternatives for continued manning at lightstations which are to be automated, advise if the Committee has been established; if so, who are the members; and if not, why not.

(2) Has the Minister or the Department of Transport consulted with the Australian Lighthouse Association since the Standing Committee on Expenditure issued its report.

Senator Gietzelt-The Minister for Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) No. It would be inappropriate for me to act on any of the recommendations in this report before the Government's decisions relating to the report are announced.

(2) No.

Companies Allegedly Involved In Criminal Activities

Senator Gareth Evans-On 2 October 1984 (Hansard, page 1015) Senator Walters asked me the following question without notice:

I refer the Attorney-General to a report in the Age newspaper of last Wednesday headed 'Companies Crime Cartel' which reveals that a special police squad's investigation has uncovered a network of about 40 companies allegedly involved in drug importation and distribution, large scale fraud and disposal of stolen property. I ask: Is it true that the group of companies has been or is under investigation by Commonwealth instrumentalities including the Australian Federal Police, Customs, the Department of Taxation and the Trade Practices Commission? Is it a fact that, as claimed in the Age report, distrust or jealousies between agencies has hampered the investigations? What action is the Minister, as Attorney-General, taking to resolve the reported conflicts and jealousies and to expedite the investigation? Finally, is it true that this report by the New South Wales Bureau of Criminal Intelligence corroborates material in the Age tapes and transcripts about which the Attorney has been so dismissive for the past eight months?

The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question insofar as it relates to the activities of the Australian Federal Police:

Firstly, individuals and companies mentioned in the Age article have been investigated from time to time by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). However, the AFP is not investigating the people or organisations as a cartel or confederation.

In regard to the allegation that distrust or jealousies between agencies has hampered the investigation, I am advised by the AFP that it has not experienced such distrust, jealousies or lack of co-operation by other agencies in the course of those investigations.

The AFP has co-operated fully with the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence (ABCI) during the course of those investigations, and also in regard to the exchange of intelligence. Likewise, the ABCI has co-operated fully with the AFP.

The honourable senator will appreciate from the article in the Age that the Shelley report was compiled by a member of the New South Wales Police Bureau of Criminal Intelligence, and is thus unrelated to the operations conducted in the past by the AFP. It is therefore not possible to comment on whether the report by the New South Wales Policy Bureau of Criminal Intelligence corroborates material in 'the Age tapes'.