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Thursday, 1 August 1946

Mr MORGAN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Some months ago I brought to the notice of theAttorneyGeneral a matter concerning a confidential security file of more than 100 pages which had been stolen from the Army Security Department, and had come into the hands of a certain war-time contractor who had been making improper use of it. Can the Acting Attorney-General say whether investigations into this matter have been completed, and if so, what action is contemplated? In view of the fact that the activities of this contractor, were, at the time, the subject of close scrutiny by the Commonwealth law authorities in relation to extensive frauds on Commonwealth andAllied Works Council jobs at Bankstown and elsewhere, will the Acting Attorney-General take steps to initiate a full inquiry on oath, or set up a royal commission to investigate the whole matter and determine the identity of those associated with the Security branch who have betrayed their official trust by collaborating with him. Will the Minister also take up with the Prime Minister the question of tabling the report of the WarExpenditure Committee in regard to the Allied Works Council jobs referred to?

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