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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 28

(Question No. 1491)

Senator Mason asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 13 November 1986:

(1) Were statements concerning the intentions of Mr Mordecai Vanunu to disclose matters concerning Israeli nuclear weapons capability to the Sunday Times reported early in September 1986 or at any other time by a resident of Kings Cross to Sergeant Chiddy of the New South Wales Police Special Branch at College Street, Sydney, and did Sergeant Chiddy pass this information on to ASIO.

(2) Did ASIO pass on this information to the Israeli, British or any other security service; if so, why did ASIO pass on the information concerning a person who was acting in the world interest against nuclear weapons proliferation.

(3) Is there any evidence that Mr Vanunu broke any Australian Law while in this country, or could be reasonably suspected of having done so.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) In so far as the question concerns the operations of the New South Wales Police Force, it should be directed to the New South Wales Government. In so far as the question relates to ASIO, it has been the established practice of successive Australian Governments to neither confirm nor deny the activities of that organisation.

(2) Refer to (1) above.

(3) No, as far as I am aware.