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Monday, 11 November 1985
Page: 1883

Senator VALLENTINE —I address my question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. On the tenth anniversary of the sacking of the Whitlam Government, I ask: What is the nature of the involvement of the Central Intelligence Agency in the United States base at Pine Gap? Is the Prime Minister concerned that CIA involvement via Pine Gap in particular may lead to a repeat of those circumstances of 1975? If not, is it because the right wing of the Labor Party has in fact given up all pretensions to being a party of reform and is now seeking to become a compliant ally, much as its Liberal Party predecessors did?

Senator BUTTON —The position adopted by the present Government with regard to the United States communications facilities in Australia is no different from the position adopted by the Whitlam Government. I too heard the AM program this morning in which there was some totally unconvincing discussion of possible CIA involvement in the fall of the Whitlam Government. I must say that I have at no stage discounted the possibility of involvement of security organisations in the events of 11 November 1975. On the other hand, on the basis of such evidence as I have seen, I am not totally able to assert that any such involvement took place.