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Thursday, 1 December 1983
Page: 3124

Senator PRIMMER —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Is it a fact that there existed a strong household relationship between the head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Sir Peter Henderson, and the previous South African Ambassador, Mr John Oxley? Is the Minister aware of allegations by senior Foreign Affairs staff that this friendship led Sir Peter Henderson to breach the Fraser Government's South African policy? Did Sir Peter Henderson conceal these breaches from the Fraser Government?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I have no idea whether there is any substance in the suggestions made by Senator Primmer. I will refer them to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to see what answer he may wish to make.