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Thursday, 18 October 1984
Page: 1978

Senator GARETH EVANS —Yesterday Senator Sir John Carrick asked me a question about the Australian Federal Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions inquiry into the matter relating to Judge Foord on which I undertook to give him an answer as soon as possible. I now do so. The inquiry by the Australian Federal Police into the matters raised in the material presented by the New South Wales Attorney-General is still proceeding. Its progress was unfortunately frustrated by the sittings of the Senate select committee inquiring into the conduct of a judge. I am advised that Judge Flannery for some reason found himself unable to be interviewed until his commitments to that committee were fulfilled.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is working closely with the AFP to ensure the early completion of the investigation. However, several other potential witnesses have yet to be spoken to and the Australian Federal Police has informed Mr Temby that he will have a report within a fortnight. I am told that the report may be somewhat held up, however, because of the illness of one of the persons involved. The decision whether to prosecute or to take other action is entirely a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions, and it is also for Mr Temby to decide what form of public statement, if any, is made.