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Thursday, 2 December 1976


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development a question concerning correspondence between him or other Ministers and Mr Justice Fox. The honourable gentleman will remember that 2 days ago the Minister who represents him in the Senate was asked a question without notice about a report that the Ranger inquiry commissioners had written to the Minister criticising the Government for its interpretation of the first report and that the Minister who represents him had said in reply:

I am instructed that the Minister has indicated that such a letter has not come into his hands, nor has his office or Department been able to locate such a letter. That is my instruction.

The honourable gentleman would also know that yesterday, during question time in the Senate, the Minister who represents him said in a personal explanation:

The Minister has in fact received a number of letters from Mr Justice Fox. One of them was concerned with the interpretation that has been placed on the Commission's first report.

I therefore ask the Minister now whether he wil table the correspondence between Mr Justice Fox and himself or at least the letter which his representative describes as being concerned with the interpretation that is placed upon the Commission's first report. I also ask the Minister who gave the instruction to -


Mr King - What else do you want?


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should have thought that the public would want to know what was in this letter.







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