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Monday, 7 May 1984
Page: 1631


Senator PRIMMER —My question is directed to the Attorney-General. Bearing in mind the close interest expressed in the issue by several honourable senators, can the Attorney-General advise whether there has been any development over the past month in the consideration by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Temby , of the prosecution of Foreign Affairs officer Don Witheford which, as far back as 16 March, was criticised by the Acting Chief Magistrate as being conceived in prejudice and born in bias on the part of some Foreign Affairs officers?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I have no further information to give the Senate as to the progress the Director of Public Prosecutions may be making in his consideration of the question of appeal from Mr Dobson's decisions and also whether the remaining two charges should proceed. It is some time since I had my last brief on this matter though and I will inform Senator Primmer as soon as I can what the outcome is. However, in the meantime I remind him and the Senate that Mr Witheford continues to be suspended from duty on full pay.