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Were the terms of the pardon to grant him immunity from government prosecution and from any future legal action

arising from the alleged social security frauds case?

The answer to that is that the indemnity given by me on 22 March 1979 consisted of an undertaking that no criminal proceedings of any kind would be taken by or behalf of the the Commonwealth against Mr Nakis arising out of or

resulting from any admissions made or information given by him or any other person in relation to the making between 1 August 1975 and 1 January 1977 of claimes for the payment of sickness benefit or invalid pensions pursuant to the Social

Services Act 1947. The free pardon, dated 18 May 1979, was in respect of all offences against the laws of the

Commonwealth which he may have committed between 1 January 1965 and 31 March 1978 in relation to the preparation and lodgment of claims for the payment of sickness benefit and invalid pensions pursuant to the Social Services Act 1947 and the receipt of such benefit and pensions.

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NARCOTICS BUREAU

SENATOR CHIPP - I ask the Attorney-General a question which, while not being confined to his area of responsibility, is

one which he ought to be able to answer because he is the Attorney-General of the Commonwealth and a member of the Cabinet which made the decision about which I want to question him. It concerns the rather extraordinary action of

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the Government in disbanding a law enforcement agency, the Federal Narcotics Bureau, virtually overnight. I ask: Was the Bureau disbanded on 8 November virtually overnight? What arrangements are to be made for the continuance of the

investigations which were then in train into large-scale impending heroin importations? Does it mean that months of painstaking surveillance and investigation will be wasted? Is it not true that there will be a vacuum of, between 12

months and 18 months before efficient pick-up of that surveillance and investigationn will be able to be resumed, a fact apparently missed by the majority of the Press gallery in this place? Does the Government really believe

that the Australian Federal Police currently has the resources to handle such a mammoth task? Can it be expected that the Australian Federal Police will continue these

investigations with the same devastating finesse and efficiency as was exercised with regard to the alleged social security frauds in Sydney? '

SENATOR DURACK - Although, as Senator Chipp said, I am a member of the Cabinet, I did not participate in the

decisions. The position is that the matters he has raised should more properly be directed to the Ministers who have been concerned with this matter. I will take appropriate steps to refer the question to them.

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ALLEGED SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUDS

SENATOR MELZER - I refer the Attorney-General to questions that have been raised about the alleged social security

fraud case. In answers the Attorney-General has given he has