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Thursday, 8 March 1984
Page: 615


Senator COLLARD —I draw the attention of the Attorney-General to the story which he appears to have given to Mr Gregory Hywood in this morning's Australian Financial Review. It is stated that the Government is prepared to release details of comments by the judge whom the Attorney met to discuss the allegations in the Age tapes and transcripts. Is it true that the Government will not do so until the Opposition tables any material which the Attorney- General claims it has in its possession regarding the judge? Has he spent the last several days attacking the Opposition for relying on this material and deploring in the strongest terms any suggestion that it should be made public? Does the withholding of information to which the Parliament is entitled unless action is taken which he has so strongly condemned highlight the double standards which the Attorney has applied throughout the current debate? Finally, will he without further delay make available to the Senate the aide-memoire and any other relevant material regarding the discussions he had with the judge on February 15 and 24?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I do not know the source of Mr Hywood's story in the Australian Financial Review this morning. I do not propose, nor does the Government propose, to take any steps to make public any of the material in this matter, for all the reasons that have been stated with nauseous frequency in this place over the last two weeks.