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SENATOR DOUGLAS MCCLELLAND - My question, which is directed

to the Attorney-General, is. related somewhat to the question

asked earlier of the Minister for Social Security by Senator

Cavanagh. Is the Attorney-General aware that a senior

detective of the Australian Federal Police was reported to

have told Sydney Central Court yesterday that the Federal

Government was considering paying a Mr Chris Nakis a sum

ranging, from $200 to $200,000 to be ascertained on a

realistic appraisal of the entire contribution of Mr Nakis?

I do not ask the Attorney-General whether the evidence given

is correct, but I ask him whether the report of the evidence

given is correct. If so, has the Attorney-General, as the

first law officer of the Commonwealth had any discussions on

that aspect with any of his ministerial colleagues? If so,

with whom?

SENATOR DURACK - I am aware of the evidence that was given

by Detective Chief Inspector Thomas in proceedings in a

Sydney court yesterday in regard to the prosecutions

referred to be Senator Douglas McClelland. I had no

knowledge at any stage of the discussions in relation to any

reward to be paid to Mr Nakis. I have had no discussions in

relation to it with any colleagues.

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