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Monday, 16 September 1985
Page: 541

Senator AULICH —I refer the Minister representing the Attorney-General to the intention of the British Government to ask the New South Wales Supreme Court today to suppress a book by former M15 agent, Mr Peter Wright, on the grounds that it breaches sections of the British Official Secrets Act. I seek an assurance from the Minister that the Australian Government will not co-operate in any way with the British Government's attempts to use an outdated British Act to suppress free speech in this country.

Senator GARETH EVANS —I am advised by the Attorney-General that the Australian Government does not intend to intervene in the conduct of the case, on the basis that it is essentially a matter for the British Government. Mr Peter Wright is a former member of the British intelligence service and the question of proceedings and the conduct of those proceedings is one for the British Government.