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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1418

Senator James McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I preface my question, which 1 direct to the

Attorney-General, by referring to a question on notice asked in another place by Mr Enderby, the honourable member for the Australian Capital Territory, on 29th February concerning an incident at the Prime Minister's Lodge on 23rd December 1971. In that incident several shots were alleged to have been fired and an attempt made to use a petrol bomb. Mr Enderby's question was directed to the Minister representing the Attorney-General in the other house and requested the AttorneyGeneral to publish a full report of what happened at the Lodge on that night. Mr Enderby's simple question was asked almost 10 weeks ago but remains unanswered. Will the Attorney-General favour the Senate with the reason for the unconscionable delay in supplying this information and indicate when a reply may be expected?

Senator GREENWOOD - I do not agree with Senator James McClelland's statement as to what the question contained because I do not think that Mr Enderby asked all the things which the honourable senator mentioned in the course of prefacing his question. However, I can say that the answer has been prepared for quite some time. I understand that it will be available to Mr Enderby in the House of Representatives today, the House not having been sitting for the last 12 days. During that time I received requests through the newspapers for the question to be answered, but I felt it was appropriate not to answer the question as it had been placed on notice and the member of Parliament who asked it was entitled to his answer first.

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