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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2897

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Attorney-General. Is it a fact that the Australian Conservation Foundation has asked him for a legal opinion about the propriety of advertisements by the State Electricity commission of Victoria exposing the humbug of the union bans on the construction of the Newport power station? If so, will the Attorney-General reject the request and inform the Foundation that it should accept the decisions of the Victorian Government Environment Protection Authority and the Environment Protection Appeals Board before which its representatives appeared? Will the Attorney-General also state that it is no part of his function to assist in any way organisations which are attempting, by the extra-constitutional processes of black bans and boycotts, to prevent a decision of the Parliament of Victoria being implemented?

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - I am not sure whether or not this has happened. I know that I have had some correspondence with the Australian Conservation Foundation which has been dealt with by my Department. I regret that I am not able to inform the Senate just what the contents of it are, but I will look into the matter.

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