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Tuesday, 13 December 1983
Page: 3643


Senator PRIMMER —Has the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs seen the allegation in the Bulletin of 13 December that Mr J. E. Ryan, the head of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, was caught out in falsifying information in a letter to the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Don Willesee? Is this allegation correct and, if so, will Mr Ryan be stood down from his post while matters pertaining to the Sheraton fiasco are investigated in order to prevent any chance of a cover-up?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I will refer this further allegation in relation to Mr Ryan to the Minister for Foreign Affairs for such answer as he may care to provide.