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Wednesday, 7 March 1984
Page: 540


Senator GARETH EVANS —Senator Primmer asked me on 6 March a question without notice about Mrs Carmel Van Dartel. The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question: Mrs Van Dartel made a number of public claims about alleged misuse of the diplomatic bag and alleged security breaches. She preferred not to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs on any of the matters she raised. These matters were, however, brought by the Department to the attention of the police. The claims were investigated by the Department and, as stated to the Senate by me on 28 February , in the absence of specific details, the Department of Foreign Affairs was unable to substantiate them.