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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3172


Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) -I seek leave to make a personal explanation.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Webster)- Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.


Senator GREENWOOD - I rise only because in a question asked by Senator Milliner he brought together 2 separate parts of a speech I made last night and sought to relate one part to the other. That is not valid. I refer to Hansard. I simply said last night: . . what is contained in this letter -

That is, from the First Assistant Commissioner of Taxation- as a statement of the First Assistant Commissioner of Taxation warrants the closest scrutiny, the closest investigation, because I believe that implicit in the letter, if it is carried out. is a dereliction of duty on the part of the Commissioner of Taxation, and I will assert that proposition both inside and outside that chamber.

I then went on to say that I regarded this Government as a corrupt Government. I do believe that.


Senator Wheeldon - And the Public Service.


Senator GREENWOOD -Because there was some allegation thereafter that that was extending to an individual, I made the statement which is recorded in Hansard to make quite clear what I was saying. For the record I quote it:

But to suggest- and I do not suggest it- or to imply that I am saying that the First Assistant Commissioner was in some way corrupt or motivated by money, I do not allege nor did I intend to allege and I do not believe that what 1 said fairly raised that suggestion.

That ought to be taken into account in any allegation which is now made.







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