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A L E X A N D E R D O W N E R Shadow Minister for Housing, Small Business & Customs

THE PRIME MINISTER

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

The attached information may be of some interest.

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Office No. (08) 391 0888

P R IM E M IN IS T E R

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES t PROMOTION BY MINISTERS OF COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES OR PRODUCTS

(Question No. 10 37 )

Mr Downer asked the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 24 May 1988:

Could he explain the application of the Government's policy on the promotion, either with or without remuneration, by Ministers of commercial enterprises or products.

Mr Hawke - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In a ministerial statement on 22 September 1983 concerning public duty and private interests, I stated that ministers may not derive any income through personal exertion other than as minister and a member of

the Parliament.

As regards the promotion of commercial enterprises or products without remuneration, there are clearly examples which are unexceptionable: for example, book launches where the book is on an appropriate subject,

the opening of new business premises or the promotion by a minister overseas of Australian technology or products.

Obviously, it would generally not be appropriate for a minister to promote one specific product or enterprise at the expense of another similar type and quality.

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(3^ What level of security clearance is required for Collins Radio Company \ staff engaged in Government contracts.

(4) m s the Government's attention been drawn to the requirement of the CoUins Radio Company that its potential employees be Australian citizens by hjrth or naturalisation, in addition to having been continuously resident in Australia for the immediate past 5 years; if so,, (a) does the Government

supportVhose requirements and (b) is he able to say why such requirements are set. \ (5) Is a requirement that job applicants be Australian citizens by birth or naturalisation^ in addition to having been continuously resident in Australia

for the immediate past 5 years consistent with Australia’s obligations under the Internationale Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination as reflected in federal and State anti-discrimination legislation;

if not, what actionxdoes the Government propose to bring Collins Radio’s security requirements Xnto line with those obligations.

1286 MR BLUNT: To ask the Attorqey-General—When will he introduce legislation to implement the announced intention of the Government to ban the sale and distribution of X-ratefi videos. . \

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*1287 MR MOORE: To ask the Minister for Community Services and Health— (1) What indication is there on imported roods that the product meets the same standards as those required by Australian manufacturers; which require Australian manufacturers to specify all ingredients in their products.

(2) Is food imported into Australia required toNie tested for (a) radiation, (b) hormones, (c) antibiotics, (d) free radicals and (e) irradiation; if so, what (a) is considered an acceptable level for each category, (b) measurement is utilised in testing, (c) products are tested. \

*1288 MR TAYLOR: To ask the Minister for Defence— X.

(1) Did his Department issue a directive on 14 October \988 that substantial numbers of civilian employees in RAAF Stores DepotSs. in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, including 11% of the civilian work force at No. 7 Stores Depot in Toowoomba, be sacked; if so, where and in what

numbers will the dismissals take place. \

(2) Will he explain the rationale behind those sackings, and inNoarticular, whether his emphasis on the increased employment of civilians^ in 700 defence force logistic support positions announced in 1987 has now changed.

(3) Will he give an assurance that the operational effectiveness of the RAAF willl not be degraded by any industrial action similar to that reported\n the Toowoomba Chronicle on 18 October 1988 which suggested that union. ____________ action could ground F i l l s . ____________________________________________ _

*1289 MR DOWNER: To ask the Prime Minister—How is his public promotion of the Wizard racing magazine and the Private Blood Bank consistent with the guidelines he outlined in his answer to question No. 1037 (Hansard, 30 August 1988, page 652) concerning Ministers promoting commercial enterprises or

products. *

*1290 MR DOWNER: To ask the Treasurer—Does he encourageth£_JjoMrT5TTtax minimisation favouring fringe benefits over cashjsalasy--reStnimgf>om the recent 10% corporate tax cut giving an—aeTOSSTfie^hoard tax advantage for fringe benefits over cash salafvr~PT5vided the employer is a company and the employee Js^on-the l(Jp"marginal rate of 50.25%.

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CONTENTS 3 At Home with The Toad 4 Manduck the Magician 6 Ticket to Ride 7 Money Talk by Arabella

7 Bluey O'Hara 8 Body Politic: The Death of Labor 12 Tiger, tiger

13 Walkleys 14 Opening the Archives: the Whitlam/Rice chat 15 Nukes and Spooks

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With The Toad

QUNDAY mornings are a joyous > 3 time at the Toad Hall. Moet and orange juice and straight to the colour comics. And the tine writing in the Blancmange on Sunday. Thank

God they’ve cleaned out the smear and innuendo. It’s even got some decent consumer Info now. What Size Condom Do You Take? I take them all. (Can still go a spot of

legover, this old Toad!) Time also to put up the feet and catch up on some of the week’s reading. BONDY HUGS

HAWKEY. KERRY BLOWS KISSES TO BOB. KEATING WAS CHILD PRODIGY. HOWARD DOES IT TO DOGS.

All seems quite reasonable to me. Don’t know what this talk of media bias is all about. Sour grapes, I guess. I was only saying to Bondy

the other day — the trouble with this country is some people don't know how to lose. “Up you, too", he said, which I thought was a mite

unnecessary. ECONOMIST GIVES HOWARD THE FINGER. JOHN STONE: WAR CRIMINAL LIBS' TOURISM

POLICY TO COST 10 BIG ONES. HAWKE KIND TO DOGS. I don’t know what people are carrying on about. Spoils to the

victor, I say. I like to do a bit of journalism myself. Entertain the top boys a bit. Get 'em sozzled. Steal, their briefcases. That sort of thing.

One thing you’ll find, I donl go much for that source protection stuff. You’ll have no trouble

picking up mine.

Defence of the Realm The young men from the State department get better mannered every year. I can certainly take the way they call me “Sir. Had one over for pancakes the other

morning. As he applied the

blueberry syrup, he dropped an

Sporting life THERE was a time when Prime Ministers refused to help plug commerical products. This has changed in a way that has left

some Labor supporters bemused at the Government's health priorities. In late 1985 Prime Minister

Hawke posed for photos in a Private Blood Bank T-Shirt at a Pro-Am Tournament at the Tew-

antin Noosa Golf Club. The Private Blood Bank was one of the sponsors of the

tournament. An executive, Peter Walker, arranged for promotion­ al shots to be taken of Hawke in the Blood Bank T-Shirt.

Colour photos of Hawke

wearing the T-Shirt were subs­ equently shown to a number of potential investors in the Bank. Walker is now facing charges

relating to Blood Bank shares. The official government position on the Blood Bank was set out in the Senate on March

24 of this year when the Special Minister of State, Michael Tate, said that, In view of the Red Cross's safe procedures, "I am unable to see any benefit in the

services provided by the Private Blood Bank for which a charge is levied." Privately, ministers have been

unhappy at the way in which they regard the Private Blood Bank as having used the AIDS scare to market its services. - B.T.

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M inl@ D Tn)® With The Toad

rT l HERE'S a dynamism about Syd- JL ney that definitely makes it my kind of town. But Melbourne still has an old world charm I sometimes find irresistible on my regular visits. The maid service at the Windsor, for ex­

ample, reminds me of one of the best features of cosy French provincial inns that I occasionally patronise. But Melbourne also seems to have caught up with a couple of Sydney's

more cosmopolitan habits. There are few things the Toad nos­ tril has not experienced in its time. But

imagine my surprise, when on light­ ing up the Romeo et Julietta at the The Two Faces recently I found that my guest, one of Melbourne's most civic-minded citizens, had come to

the attention of the NCA. Seems he's been accused of bringing in two Ks of the white powder. Dobbed in by both an ex-girl friend and the courier.

Naturally, I'm sure there's some perfectlynatural explanation foritall. Can you trust the jilted lover? N ow I've broken a few hearts in my tim e—

but not that they would do a thing like this to me. But my melancholy companion seemed more interested in getting me

to use my influence with the NCA to have the whole thingdropped. I don't

O U R CO V E R: Prime Minister Hawke and his wife Hazel posed for photographs In Private Blood T-Shirts at the Tewantin Noosa Golf Club in late 1985. The photos were organised by a Blood Bank executive, Peter Walker, who subse­ quently used copies as part of promotional material shown to potential

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Walker is now facing over 50 charges brought by the NSW Corporate Affairs Commission in relation to Private Blood bank shares. The Private Blood Bank was set up to make a profit from storing and selling blood. Its marketing was assisted by the AIDS scare.

There was a time when normal standards of Prime Ministerial conduct would not have allowed such photographs to be taken. Not any more.

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HawkfcJMW izard... is Indispensihlp.r

The above photo appeared on the front page of the racing tip sheet The Wizard on July 23. The caption said: *No serious punter should be without The Wizard, PM Bob Hawke said on Radio 2KY last Saturday. Mndispensible’. said Mr Hawke, a very astute student of form himself. Later in the day he was at Rosehill, the indispensable Wizard in

his hand. If a smart punter like Bob Hawke goes with The Wizard, shouldn’t you?* Bob hasn't done such a slick piece of PR since he posed for the cameras in a Private Blood Bank T-Shirt. (He didn’t read the form too well on that occasion. The man who got the PM to pose in the T-shirt, Private Blood Bank executive Peter Walker, is currently facing a multitude of charges laid by the NSW Corporate Affairs Commission.y

plained about the instructions to divert men from a farm to pick coffee for an Indonesian Army-backed company with a monopoly on East Timor coffee trade.

Bill dictated a note in reply, character­ istically displaying the shajp edge of his tongue — but baulked at any action: "There is no doubt about it, the Indone­

sians are erratic, hostile people to deal with, with an added sententiousness which makes them difficult neighbours. For the moment I think we sit on this

information and see what develops." The Malaysian Foreign Minister fared little better. The Department sent Bill a memo on July 23, 1984, backgrounding

the ASEAN response to his efforts to seek a settlement in Cambodia: "Our High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur has re­ ported that Malaysian officials would

have liked longer to discuss our proposal at the 'six plus one' meeting (the annual meeting of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers with Australia), and that he has the im­

pression that they would have been more positive about it than the Indonesians." Bill wrote in the margin "Doesn't gell with Chazalie Shafie's oafish behaviour at

ASEAN 6 + Γ . Perhaps the pace was a bit hot for Bill at the time: he had warned his department in setting up the ASEAN meetings: "I do not wish to tear around the

hotel corridors like an overheated grey­ hound." Japan got similar treatment. Apart from complaining that the departmental

briefing paper for the PM's visit to North Asia in early 1984 needed "savage prun­ ing to about one third present length," Bill noted: "1 think we can be a bit more direct. The fact is the Japanese soft-soap the

ASEANs but are keenly interested in Indo-China in their hypocritical self-ef­ facing way, and are flat out to get what­ ever advantages they can for their future benefit—let's say this, but more elegantly

than I have." He also threw in an intriguing morsel about Israel being the source of captured Palestinian arms going to the genocidal

Pol Pot forces — not a point R.J ,L. Hawke was likely to make a conversational centre-piece in his official talks. And, in an apparent warning against any strong criticism of China for its sup­

port of Pol Pot, he showed he could be as pragmatic as the best: "Australian busi­ ness is enjoying an extremely favourable experience in China since Premier Zhao's

visit to A ustralia. For that to be destroyed by inadroit (sic) handling of the relation­ ship in other fields would be damaging at home." -

But he drew the line at a suggestion from the Australian Ambassador to Pe­ king, Hugh Dunn, that Australia respond favourably to Chinese attem pts to

"change the image of the Pol Pot group, and to reconstruct the three factions into a truly single entity." In a note in the margin

of the accompanying departmental letter of January 10, 1984, Hayden wrote "Crikey, No!" Dunn's suggestion was part of a series

of three Secret telegrams he sent before Hawke's visit, trying to ensure that the Chinese position was fully understood: "While I am confident that the Chinese

will not bucket our efforts (on Cambodia) publicly, we must be content to see them ignored . . . and subsequently, as in the past, belittled privately to our American,.

European and ASEAN colleagues/ .

For reasons he never bothered to ex­ plain, Dunn saw the Soviet presence in Vietnam as a "threat" to Japan, ASEAN, Australia and China. He was particularly

worried that China should not think I Australia was about to provide develop­ ment aid to Vietnam. (He need not have been concerned on that point: George

Schultz had killed Labor policy in favour of aid stone dead with one phone call to Hawke soon after the election.) · ■ τ?···-: r \

Holding ONA. at b a y ^ v r i... The Office of National Assessments within the PM's Department has devel­ oped a reputation for putting the most

slavishly hawkish line "on any issue in­ volving the US and the Soviets. One of the most contentious papers from ONA took

66 “Doesn’t gell with Ghazalie Shafie's oafish behaviour at ASEAN 6 + V. Perhaps the pace . was a bit hot for Bill at the time — he had warned his department in setting up the ASEAN meetings: “I do not wish to tear around the hotel corridors like an overheated greyhound.” 9 9

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