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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr WARD (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister whether it is a fact that he has stated that the visit of Brigadier Spry, head of the security service, to Professor Stout was not normal practice. If so, will he state whether the decision to depart from normal practice, as the Prime Minister described it, was the sole responsibility of the AttorneyGeneral? Was the action taken with the Prime Minister's prior knowledge and approval? Is this the only occasion on which the normal practice has been departed from? If not, will the Prime Minister furnish details of the other occasions on which this has occurred? Finally, has the Prime Minister taken steps to prevent any further departures from the normal practice?

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