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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 766


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition) —by leave-I move:

That the Senate take note of the answer and supplementary information given by the Leader of the Government (Senator Button) in response to certain Questions without Notice, asked by Senators Chaney and Archer this day, relating to allegations concerning the Australian Customs Service.

I do not wish to speak to that motion now. I would, however, like to take the opportunity to thank Senator Button for obtaining further information quickly and for his acknowledgment that he will seek a more complete reply. As part of that, I ask him to ask the Customs Service for advice as to whether the investigating officers, who are seeking to identify the complainants, have questioned Mr Malkoun. If they have questioned Mr Malkoun-apparently he is not giving the names of those officers-I would ask for the reasons why those names are being withheld. It seems from the answer that we have been given that they are known to that officer of the Customs Service, but are not known to the people who are in charge of investigating the matter or who are seeking to investigate the matter beyond Mr Malkoun. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.