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Wednesday, 11 May 1960

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - It is quite right that the Australian Government has accredited Sir Edwin McCarthy to this organization. The appointment, of course, was made through my department, and Sir Edwin's formal reports will naturally be made through that department, but, in the ordinary course, they would be made available automatically to the departments which had interest in them, such as the Department of Trade and the Treasury. I can assure the honorable gentleman that my department will see that any material that comes from Sir Edwin McCarthy will be given to the Government authorities who need it, and who have an interest in the particular information that is conveyed. The Government's appointment of Sir Edwin McCarthy was prompted by the circumstance that this country has a very great interest in what happens in this organization in Europe. The question of making reports available to the public will be considered from time to time on the merits of each particular case.

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