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Friday, 20 March 1987
Page: 1087


Senator REYNOLDS —Has the attention of the Special Minister of State been drawn to a report in the Australian to the effect that Federal police have been conducting inquiries at the property of Gold Coast developer Mr Gore? I am sure everyone will recall that Mr Gore is the $25m fund raiser for the Queensland Premier's Canberra campaign and also a recipient of a special $10m Queensland Government loan. Are Federal police confident that any matters referred to the Queensland State police will be fully investigated? What steps can Federal police take to prevent the Queensland Government using political influence to protect this front man from having to comply with the law?


Senator TATE —My attention has been drawn to a report in the Australian to the effect stated by Senator Reynolds. I think her description of Mr Gore as the $25m fund raiser for the Queensland Premier's Canberra campaign is probably not justified now in the light of several answers which I have given to very astute questions raised by Senator Black, which I am sure have indicated to political organisations and potential donors involved in that campaign that anonymity, either as to the amount of donation or the identity of donors, cannot be relied on if the terms of the Commonwealth Electoral Act are to be observed. In relation to the substance of Senator Reynolds's question, it was not the practice of my predecessor and it is not my practice to confirm or deny the existence of Australian Federal Police investigations. However, it is my understanding that in the course of a Customs investigation in August 1985 a firearm was found in Mr Gore's Southport home. Mr Gore was advised to surrender the firearm to the Queensland police, which I understand he did. The matter is one for the Queensland police. The Australian Federal Police were not involved in this matter.