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Wednesday, 3 May 1989
Page: 1687


Senator GARETH EVANS —Yesterday I was asked by Senator Bishop whether I or my Department took any action in response to an alleged request or requests by Senator Graham Richardson to terminate the employment of a former research assistant and speech writer to the Australian Ambassador in Washington, Mr Michael Davis. I replied that I had no knowledge of Mr Michael Davis. Lest there be any lingering anxiety in Senator Bishop's breast that there is some selectivity about that response, may I now, with the benefit of further information, reply also on behalf of my Department.

My Department has told me that Mr Michael Davis commenced employment with the Embassy in Washington in the locally engaged staff position of research officer to the Ambassador on 25 October 1988. It has no record of any request or requests by Senator Graham Richardson to terminate the employment of Mr Davis. Senator Richardson has assured me-and he is an honourable man-that he made no such request. The services of Mr Davis were not terminated by the Embassy but he submitted his resignation on 21 February 1989 and left the employment of the Embassy on 29 March 1989.