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Tuesday, 9 May 1961

Mr KILLEN (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - By way of explanation of my question to the Prime Minister I refer to the recent trial of George Blake, a former British Foreign Office official, and to the statement by the Lord Chief Justice of England in sentencing Blake, to the effect that Blake's spying had rendered much of the United Kingdom's efforts completely useless. Did Blake's activities involve Australia in any way? Does an examination of Blake's activities indicate that the present highly efficient Australian Security Intelligence Organization should be modified in any way? Do Blake's activities not vindicate the Australian Government's action in strengthening the Crimes Act, and do they not serve as a warning to all free people that the Soviet Union will resort to any mischief to advance its ambitions for world domination?

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