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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Mr Cairns s asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that information based on or derived from security reports has been made available to a number of private citizens by Brigadier Spry and by the Department of External Affairs?

2.   Will this occur again whenever he considers it appropriate?

3.   If so, could untested and even false information be made available to private citizens with harmful effects upon other persons who would have no knowledge of the information given and no opportunity to answer or defend themselves?

Sir Garfield Barwick - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   It is not a fact. The nature of the information conveyed by Brigadier Spry to Professor Stout and by the Department of External Affairs to other persons is indicated in my answers to the honorable member's earlier questions. See " Hansard " for 10th November, 1959, pp. 2524 to 2528. 2 and 3. See answer to 1.

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