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Thursday, 24 February 1977

Mr Uren asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Has a company called the Vinnell Corporation ever been registered in Australia.

(2)   If so, (a) where was it registered, (b) when was it registered and (c) in what activities was it engaged.

(3)   If the Vinnell Corporation has ceased operations in Australia, when and why did this occur.

(4)   If it has ceased operations, have the activities of the Corporation been absorbed, in any way, by any other company or companies, body or group of individuals.

(5)   If their activities have been so absorbed, what company or companies, body or group of individuals were in the absorption.

(6)   Has the Vinnell Corporation had any connection with any Australian Government department, authority or agency.

(7)   If so, which Australian Government bodies, and what has been the nature of the connection.

(8)   Have the Vinnell Corporation's activities in Australia been in any way associated with any United States military or foreign policy instrumentality.

Mr Ellicott - The answer to the Honourable Member's question is as follows:

(1)   to (5) I am informed that a company called Vinnell Corporation Australia Pry Ltd was incorporated in New South Wales on or about 17 February 1960 and that the principal objects of the company were to carry on and conduct a construction, building and general engineering quarrying and contracting business and to engage in the manufacture and retail of tools and instruments for these purposes.

I am also informed that this company was struck off the register on 18 May 1973 pursuant to sub-section 308 (4) of the Companies Act, 1961 (New South Wales) as no longer carrying on business or being in operation.

(6)   and (7) Inquiries have failed to disclose any connection between the Vinnell Corporation and any Commonwealth Government Department, authority or agency.

(8)   I am not aware of any association between activities of the Vinnell Corporation in Australia and any United States military or foreign policy instrumentality.

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