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Tuesday, 26 August 1980
Page: 686

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I refer to the Prime Minister's statement which he made to this House on 19 August concerning the recent Australian Security Intelligence Organisation investigation into the Office of National Assessments, and I refer in particular to the fact that the right honourable gentleman mentioned in that statement that he rejected Press allegations that the ASIO report had been watered down. I ask the Prime Minister: How does he react to allegations which are continuing to be made despite his statement, for example in the Weekend Australian and the London Daily Telegraph, to the effect that the Prime Minister was hoodwinked over the ASIO report?

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - I repeat what I said on that occasion, and I repeat the offer. If the Leader of the Opposition wishes to take up the matter he can see the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation report or the letter Mr Justice Woodward wrote to me as a result of it. I have nothing further to add.

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