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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2256

(Question No. 1847)

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 2 October 1984:

(1) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to a statement on page 492 of the The Nation of 13 November 1982, claiming that President Reagan sacked US Attorney William Kennedy for telling newspapers that the Justice Department was blocking indictment of Megiel Hassar Haro, former Director of Federal Security for Mexico, a CIA source on El Salvador and Guatemala rebels and head of a ring stealing US cars for sale in Mexico.

(2) Will Australia indicate to the US the unacceptability of an organisation using such police state measures of truth suppression and the need for Australia to investigate thoroughly the nature of intelligence processing between Pine Gap and the US Government; if not, why not.

Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) Please refer to the answer given on 17 October 1984 (Senate Hansard, page 1855) to Senator Mason's question without notice of 16 October 1984 (Senate Hansard, page 1733).