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Wednesday, 10 November 1976
Page: 2518

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the AttorneyGeneral a question. What advice has he received from Crown Law officers concerning allegations, passed on to him 6 months ago, that breaches of the currency regulations had been committed by the man whom the Premier of Queensland had engaged to carry out loan investigations overseas? When did he receive the advice and how does he propose to act on it?

Mr ELLICOTT -I have already received the advice. I think there were 3 matters referred to. Quite frankly, I have adopted the attitude, as the Leader of the Opposition knows, of not airing in public matters that affect individuals. I think that is a quite proper attitude to adopt. Two of the matters raised by the honourable gentleman, or I think by his former private secretary, were found on examination by the Crown Law officers to be not well grounded in law. The other matter was investigated and a decision has been made. Although there are some facts which would support a prosecution, it has been decided not to proceed with the matter because, in accordance with past practices, such a matter, with such a slight breach of the law involved, would not have been prosecuted. There seems to be no reason in this particular case to take any course different from the one that has been taken in other cases.

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