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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
Page: 18

Mr SNEDDEN - I ask the Prime Minister: Did the Director-General of Security in the telex which he says he drafted and issued to the ASIO staff use the words 'unprecedented', 'extraordinary' and 'gravely damaging to ASIO and to the national security interests'?

Mr WHITLAM - I repeat that the telex, or reported telex, must clearly be a document from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. I believe that no document from that Organisation has ever been tabled. I believe that no such document has ever been quoted and I believe that it would be quite unprecedented and wrong for me to confirm or deny the text of any document emanating from ASIO. If it is proper for this document to become public then the Senate select committee which has referred to it or to reports of it should take steps to get it made public.

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