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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 902

Mr McVeigh asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) When will the Department of Customs and Excise be abolished as announced by him in Parliament on 9 October 1973.

(2)   Will this be more readily and easily achieved now that the former Minister, the Hon. Lionel Murphy, has been appointed to the High Court.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) I assume the honourable member intended to refer to my statement of 11 September 1973 (Hansard, House of Representatives, page 738) when I indicated that studies were proceeding. This matter has been associated with the consideration of the formation of a national law enforcement authority, a report on which was tabled in the Parliament by the Attorney-General and Minister for Customs and Excise on 20 February 1975. Studies are continuing.

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