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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 150

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Can senators have access to all documents presented to the Petrov Royal Commission, including the written submissions of Dr John Burton (vide Canberra Times, page 2, 23rd March 1972), which Dr Burton was unable to give in public testimony.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question.

I am advised that the 'Report of the Royal Commission on Espionage' dated 22nd August 1955, has been available to senators and to the public since that date, as has the more detailed transcript of evidence given at the proceedings. The Royal Commission decided that the material referred to in the honourable member's question should not be published. The Government sees no reason to depart from that view.

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