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Thursday, 25 November 1971
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Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - Is the

Prime Minister aware that the AttorneyGeneral has stated that his department is reviewing the terms under which a person can intercept or record a telephone conversation, as laid down in the Telephonic Communications (Interception) Act? Is the Prime Minister aware that Sir Garfield Barwick, described eavesdropping as abhorrent and that Sir Robert Menzies was emphatic that its use should be restricted to matters involving national security? Will the Prime Minister assure the House that as Prime Minister he will not allow any extension of the Act without contemplation of the fact that a man without privacy is a man without anything?

Mr McMAHON - I have not had any discussion with my colleague about this problem, nor have I received any Cabinet submission from him. But I can give the assurance that if the Attorney-General is looking at this matter, he will have to be extraordinarily persuasive and have a very powerful case to persuade me and I believe the Cabinet to change the present policy.

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