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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
Page: 14

Senator ARCHER —I ask a question of the Attorney-General. I refer him to questions that I asked him on 30 November and 8 December last year concerning the need for an investigation into possible breaches of Federal law involved in allegations published in the National Times. In view of the undertakings given on both of those occasions, why did it take the Attorney and the Special Minister of State more than two months to initiate any proper inquiry into these allegations of corruption involving a Sydney solicitor, a senior judge and several crime figures? Now that the Government has, belatedly, appointed a Special Prosecutor and a Joint Police Task Force to inquire into some aspects of the questions raised initially in the National Times, when does the Attorney- General expect to be in a position to report to the Senate on the substance of those allegations?

Senator GARETH EVANS —In about 46 minutes time.