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Wednesday, 1 December 1976


Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member is raising a point of order?


Mr Jacobi - Yes, Mr Speaker. I have a question on the notice paper in relation to this matter. I am just trying to pick up the reference. It is like the last one I asked many months ago.


Mr Martyr - We will wait. There is no hurry.


Mr Jacobi - We have plenty of time. We have all day, as a matter of fact.


Mr Ellicott - If I could just point out -


Mr Jacobi - Just have a little bit of patience.


Mr Ellicott - I just wanted to help you, that was all.


Mr Jacobi - That is very kind of you.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! What is the number of the question?


Mr Jacobi - It is No. 1054, Mr Speaker.


Mr SPEAKER -I do not regard the question as identical. I call the Attorney-General.


Mr ELLICOTT - Honourable members will recall that on 5 October last I tabled the text of an arrangement between the United States -


Mr Jacobi - Mr Speaker-


Mr SPEAKER -Order! The AttorneyGeneral will resume his seat. Does the honourable member for Hawker wish to raise a point of order?


Mr Jacobi - I regret to have to do so. I draw your attention, Mr Speaker, to subsequent question No. 1060 on the same page.


Mr SPEAKER -I do not regard the question as the same.


Mr ELLICOTT - Honourable members opposite seem to be most reluctant to hear what I have to say. Honourable members will recall that on 5 October last I tabled the text of an arrangement between the United States Department of Justice and the Australian AttorneyGeneral's Department dated 13 September 1976 entitled 'Procedures for Mutual Assistance in Administration of Justice in Connection with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation Matter'. Pursuant to that arrangement documents were supplied by the United States Department of Justice. I understand that these documents were provided to the United States Department of Justice by the United States Senate Sub-Committee on Multinational Corporations. The documents have since been studied by me. In view of previous publicity given to this matter I wish to inform the House that I find nothing in the documents which suggests any breach of law or any other impropriety on the part of the late Senator Paltridge or any other person. The SolicitorGeneral and the senior officer of my Department have also studied the documents and they share the view which I have formed. Does the Opposition want the document from which I have read?


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) -Yes. It would not wash in Japan.


Mr SPEAKER -Order! Is the AttorneyGeneral asking to have the document incorporated in Hansard?


Mr ELLICOTT - Members of the Opposition seem to have a great interest in the document.


Mr SPEAKER -I ask the honourable gentleman: What is his request? Does he wish to have the document incorporated in Hansard.


Mr ELLICOTT -I do not mind, Mr Speaker.


Mr SPEAKER - You will have to make a decision.


Mr ELLICOTT -I just thought that I found an interest in the document from honourable members on the other side of the House. I was just offering to provide it to them. If they want it incorporated in Hansard that can be done.


Mr SPEAKER -The honourable gentleman is entitled to table the document. The document is tabled.







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