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Wednesday, 26 April 1961

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the

Acting Attorney-General: Is the Australian Broadcasting Commission a Commonwealth authority designated under the Crimes Act? Has his department conveyed such an opinion to the commission? Is the Australian National University such an authority, and has his department conveyed that opinion to the university? If so, does this mean that in future a completely unprecedented restriction of discussing and propounding will be placed upon members of the staffs of both those institutions? I direct the Minister's attention to a staff memorandum issued by Mr. Talbot Duckmanton, assistant general manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. It is headed " Unauthorized disclosure of information ", and warns members of the commission's staff that they come within the provisions of section 70 of the Crimes Act and are liable to two years' imprisonment if they disclose any information which comes into their possession in the course of the performance of their duties.

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