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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

The CHAIRMAN - Order! Clause 7 deals with the employment of officers and employees and I will not allow a general canvass of the characteristics of certain individuals.

Mr MAKIN - With deference to your ruling, Mr. Chairman, I point out that these people are still being paid by the Commonwealth. Mrs. Petrov is still receiving expenses.

Mr Wentworth - How does the honorable member know that?

Mr MAKIN - That information i> given in the answer to a question which was asked recently in this House. We are entitled to ask what service has been given in return for these moneys. We are entitled to inquire as to the genuineness of the service that has been given and whether it is possible for these people to communicate matters concerning the intelligence service of this country to a foreign power. These people who are now regarded as agents of our intelligence system and who are alleged to be giving information io that service are quite capable of delivering much information, ultimately, to those whom they previously served. That being so, I feel that we have given these people an excellent opportunity, by employing them in our intelligence service, to secure far more information than they could otherwise have attained. It might be a grave danger to the security of this country.

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