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Notice given 3 July 2002

412  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Is the Minister aware that millions of dollars per month are being defrauded from Australian citizens by a group of ‘scammers’ who have been operating non-stop from Bangkok since leaving the Philippines.

(2) Is the Minister aware that the Muller family operation was fifty strong a year ago, and that reports 2-months ago in the Bangkok Post indicate that there are now over 200 people in the office.

(3) Is it the case that Australian authorities will do nothing about the scam; if so, why not.

(4) Has Interpol been notified of the scam; if not, why not.

413  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) Which legal firms have been engaged for the provision of advice or other services during each of the past 5 years.

(2) Have any veterans’ files been referred to any of these law firms; if so, how many.

(3) Is the Minister aware whether Clayton Utz was retained by Monsanto Chemicals (USA) during the Evatt Royal Commission.