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Wednesday, 17 October 1984
Page: 1854

Senator Sir JOHN CARRICK —I remind the Attorney-General that it is now three weeks since he asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate matters raised in material presented to the New South Wales Attorney-General, and subsequently to the Attorney himself, by Chief Judge Staunton of the New South Wales District Court concerning action allegedly taken by Judge Foord of the same court on the Morgan Ryan case. I also remind the Attorney that he said in the Senate on the second of this month that he wanted the inquiry to be completed as soon as possible so that the Director of Public Prosecutions could consider whether action was necessary. I ask: Have the police finished their investigations and reported to Mr Temby? If so, has the Director of Public Prosecutions decided to initiate any actions? Will his report be made public? If so, when?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I have no current knowledge of the state of that inquiry. It was in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions who was working with the Australian Federal Police. I do know that the police were having considerable difficulty in getting time with Mr Justice Flannery in order to get a more detailed statement from him. That was certainly causing, as of early last week, to my recollection, some difficulty in bringing the matter to some sort of speedy fruition. I will follow up the matter and I hope to be in a position to give some kind of progress report at least before the Senate rises.