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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1474

Mr SINCLAIR —The Deputy Prime Minister, who represents in this House the Attorney-General, will be aware of the scathing attack on the Costigan Royal Commission on the Activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union by Mr Kerry Packer. Does the Government accept Mr Packer's criticism of the Costigan Royal Commission?

Mr LIONEL BOWEN —I did notice the statement made by Mr Packer. If one looks at the statement closely, it can be seen that the attack was basically related to the fact that the National Times had published so much information. It of course creates a problem when a report has been prepared for the Government but has not yet been received by the Government and apparently the Fairfax Press is able to have access to such material. That of course embarrassed the situation of Mr Packer. It will also be noted that a letter appeared in the National Times from Mr Justice Stewart of the National Crime Authority deploring the fact that this sort of information was published because it could prejudice people who were the subject of investigation. The honourable member appears to be suggesting that at this stage the Government should be taking notice of what Mr Packer said. The Government notes what he says, but we are awaiting the report from the Costigan Commission.