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Friday, 11 October 1985
Page: 1113

(Question No. 535)

Senator Chipp asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 12 September 1985:

(1) Has the Attorney-General seen what has been described as a scurrilous article in the journal `Matilda' which alleges that Dr Geoff Edelsten is under investigation by the National Crime Authority.

(2) Can the Government confirm whether Dr Edelsten is under investigation by that Authority.

(3) Was Dr Edelsten the subject of an inquiry of the Costigan Royal Commission.

(4) Does the Government know of Federal Police records which purport to link Dr Edelsten with the import and trafficking of narcotics, pornography, and vice activities and the exportation of fauna; if so, are these documents accurate.

(5) Will the Government carefully scrutinise any application by Dr Edelsten to establish any medical practice in the Australian Capital Territory in the light of Dr Edelsten being named as being Mr X in the Medicare Fraud and Overservicing Joint Committee of Public Accounts Report.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes.

(2), (3) and (4) As a general rule, in order not to prejudice the operations of law enforcement agencies or the fair trial of any person, I propose to adopt the practice of neither confirming nor denying allegations such as those raised in the question. I emphasise that no inference should be drawn from this practice in any particular case.

The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to part 5 of the honourable senator's question:

(5) The Government does not acknowledge that the Dr X referred to in the Joint Committee of Public Accounts report is Dr Edelsten, and the inference drawn elsewhere has been denied by Dr Edelsten. The responsibility for the registration of medical practitioners to practise medicine in any State or Territory lies with the relevant medical Registration Board in that State or Territory. Any application by Dr Edelsten to practise in the ACT will be considered in accordance with the criteria applied to any application from a medical practitioner seeking registration in the Territory.