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Thursday, 28 November 1974
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Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I do so following the answer that he gave me yesterday to a question that I asked. Does the Leader of the Government have a liaison officer or a communications officer or some such person, who was previously a senior member of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, working with his office? If so, is he still a member of ASIO and what is the reason for having such an officer?

Senator MURPHY -I though that I made the matter clear yesterday to the honourable senator. If he will look through Hansard he will find that approximately 12 months ago a specific question was put to me by Senator Greenwood on this precise matter. I gave an answer with precision as to what was the exact engagement of the person in question. As I recall it, he is a liaison officer. His employment is with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. Someone must bring material and do all sorts of things connected with that office. In no way is that person on what is described as the staff of the Minister. I hope that is quite clear to the honourable senator.

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