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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr NEWMAN - The Leader of the Opposition is obviously trying to make an issue of the question of private correspondence that I have had with Mr Justice Fox. I assure the House that there is absolutely nothing mysterious or nefarious about this issue. Let me make it clear, first of all, that it is true that my colleague in the other place received instructions that were incorrect. When this came to my notice- I think late on Tuesday night- I telephoned my colleague and told him that those instructions were incorrect.

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Where did they come from?

Mr NEWMAN - The instructions were issued from my office and I take full responsibility for the incorrect instructions that were issued. That is the simple basis of the matter and it should be taken no further. It is true that I have had private correspondence with Mr Justice Fox. The matter has been satisfactorily resolved between Mr Justice Fox and myself. I will consider the question of tabling the correspondence.

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