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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
Page: 13


Mr SNEDDEN - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has said that the record of conversation made by Sir John Bunting and by his own principal private secretary Dr Wilenski bears out the Prime Minister's statement that no complaint was made to the Prime Minister by the Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation on 17 March last concerning the events of the day before, 16 March. Will he table these records of conversation? Will he also table such records of conversation as the Director-General, Mr Barbour, made.


Mr WHITLAM - No, I will not table the notes of conversation which the Secretary of my Department made or which my principal private secretary made. I do not know whether the Director-General of Security made a record of conversation. The right honourable gentleman might like me to incorporate in Hansard a letter which the Director-General sent to the AttorneyGeneral yesterday and which the AttorneyGeneral has given to me. He has declassified it.


Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted?


Mr Snedden - May I see it?


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I take a point of order. I ask the Prime Minister to table the document from which he has just quoted.


Mr WHITLAM - I want it incorporated.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! Does the Leader of the Opposition give leave to incorporate the document in Hansard?


Mr Snedden - I wish to see the document first.


Mr WHITLAM - I have to table it now that I have been asked to do so.


Mr SPEAKER -The document is tabled and is available for persual.







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