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Wednesday, 27 May 1987
Page: 3464

(Question No. 5308)

Mr Braithwaite asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 30 April 1987:

Do any AUSTRADE officers regularly or occasionally provide economic or political intelligence directly to Australian or overseas intelligence agencies, if so, what instances have there been of such activity by AUSTRADE officers.

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

It is the long-standing practice of this and previous governments to decline to provide information which might confirm or deny speculation on intelligence and security matters. I am sure the honourable member is fully aware of this practice and I repeat it only for the record.