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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5556

(Question No. 780)

Senator Chamarette asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 18 November 1993:

  With reference to the answers to questions on notice nos 949, 1239, and 1189 (House of Representatives Hansard, 8 October 1991, p. 1481; 6 November 1991, p. 2516; 10 November 1992, pp 3071, 3074) concerning the bombing of the Hilton Hotel in Sydney in 1978, and the Attorney-General's commitment to cooperate with any inquiry into the bombing which the NSW Government or Parliament may establish `subject to the need to ensure that national security considerations are not compromised', does the Commonwealth Government or its agencies or departments hold any information which would therefore be excluded from such an inquiry.

Senator Bolkus —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  As advised on 10 November 1992 in answer to Question 1239, the Government will co-operate fully with any inquiry the Government of New South Wales may establish subject to the need to ensure that national security considerations are not compromised. The Government is confident that suitable arrangements could be devised for this purpose. For example, in 1984, appropriate arrangements were put in place under which sensitive Commonwealth information was given to the inquiry conducted under section 475 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) by Mr Justice Wood. Those arrangements allowed the Commonwealth to assist the Wood inquiry while ensuring that the confidentiality of the information disclosed was adequately protected.