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Telegram to Peter Isaacson - Sunday observer



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P R E S S R E L E A S E THE SENATE

TELEGRAMME ; 9 August 1982

Mr Peter Isaacson Publisher The Sunday Observer 46 Porter Street PRAHRAN

Urgently draw your attention to statements in Cheesewright and other articles in issue 8.8.82 of your newspaper.

While refusing to answer hypothetical questions on what the Democrats would do about unspecified Sales Tax items in the budget, I stated unambiguously "...under no circumstances, not even reprehensible circumstances, would we block Supply

(Tape transcript). Therefore, the article is blatantly in error and libellously impugns my integrity and honesty.

Copy of speech and relevant extracts from questions and answers will be forwarded.

I have received legal advice that this is actionable libel both against your paper and Mr Cheesewright, particularly due to the reference to "bottom-of-the-harbour businessman" to which I take the strongest exception. I, therefore,

intend to sue for damages. Further I intend to report Mr Cheesewright to the A.J.A. for disgraceful conduct and to lodge a complaint to the Australian Press Council about both Mr Cheesewright and your paper.

SENATOR DON CHIPP