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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2310

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and Excise) - I have just obtained some information which reads as follows: No member of the Acquisitions Committee who is responsible for the acquisition of works for the National Gallery has any commercial associations with Max Hutchinson or Gallery A Exhibitions Pty Ltd.

Senator Laucke - You say that no member of the Acquisitions Committee has such an association. But has anyone who is authorised to purchase on the actual Board itself, as distinct from the National Gallery, any association with these organisations?

Senator Wright - I would like to know whether anyone has an interest or an association.

Senator MURPHY - All I can say is that the indication given to me by the officers who are here from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet who are acquainted with these matters is that the answer is no.

Senator Laucke - In both areas?

Senator MURPHY - I am being nodded to by one of the officers, and I take that to mean that there is no such interest or association in relation to both areas. If there is any variation on that information, I would expect the Senate to be informed of it. I have given the information which is supplied to me. If there is any variation, qualification or correction of it, I would expect that that information would be supplied. The information I have given to the honourable senator is the best that has been given to me.

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