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Wednesday, 9 March 1977

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the AttorneyGeneral a question. He will remember that a fortnight ago both the honourable member for Hunter and I asked questions about the issue of a visa to an American citizen with an established criminal record. I now ask: Is it a fact, as was reported subsequently, that that person was met on arrival and escorted through Customs at Sydney Airport by Commonwealth police officers 2 days before we asked our questions? When did the Attorney-General or the police learn of that person's pending arrival? Why was it considered necessary for him to be met by Commonwealth police officers? Did the Attorney-General consult with his colleagues responsible for the issue of visas or did the police consult with the relevant departments before it was arranged for the police to meet this visitor?

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