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Thursday, 2 December 1965


Mr KILLEN (Moreton) .- I support any move that tends in the direction of disclosure. What formula is eventually settled for does not greatly trouble me. The Committee will recall that I sought to attach the means of disclosure to the Commissioner and through him to the AttorneyGeneral. I do not believe for one moment that any Attorney-General of this country who had been given that information would not immediately say to the member concerned: "You have a pecuniary interest in this matter. Therefore, for you to sit on this case could be regarded as running contrary to the rules of natural justice." I could not for one moment believe that any judicial person, having been given this information, would not instinctively say to the person concerned on the tribunal: " Look, you have a pecuniary interest in this. You have to disclose it to the parties concerned." How this is done does not greatly trouble me, but I do stand completely firm on the sheer necessity for disclosure to be made. This is done every day in the week. In my own limited experience, I have seen it done frequently. I do hope that the Attorney-General and the Government will settle upon some formula that will meet the outstanding objections on this matter.

I shall support any move towards disclosure. I repeat that the formula that is eventually settled for does not greatly trouble me. I am singularly concerned with the fact of disclosure so that no party can say later: "Look, I just do not feel that I have had a fair deal". That seems to me to be the significant principle involved.







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