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Tuesday, 5 November 1985
Page: 1597

(Question Nos 288 and 289)

Senator Reynolds asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 10 May 1985:

(1) Can the Minister urgently investigate allegations made in Queensland State Partliament on 7 March 1985 that a ``Mr Rand regularly flies between `Silver Plains' (on Cape York Peninsula) and Honolulu without having a customs or immigration clearance.''

(2) Could the Minister inquire into the following statement made by Mr Glasson, Minister for Lands, Forestry and Police and confirm or deny the allegation contained in it: ``Police inquires revealed that Mr Rand has undertaken numerous overseas flights between 1973 and 1983, but again no evidence of any offence in this State has been disclosed relating to these trips. The Commissioner of Police is unable to say whether any of these trips were made without customs or immigration clearance. However, this would be a matter for the appropriate federal departments. While there is no evidence at this stage to directly involve Mr Rand in any unlawful activities, you may rest assured that all possible action will be taken should evidence be forthcoming to support a prosecution.''

Senator Grimes —The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's questions:

(1) I have reports from officers of my Department that the allegations to which the honourable Senator refers have been investigated and found to be without substance.

(2) Mr Rand has made a number of trips into and out of Australia in the period mentioned. On each occasion he underwent the usual formalities for persons entering or leaving Australia through a proclaimed airport.