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Tuesday, 23 August 1960

Mr HAROLD HOLT - The honorable member is quite mistaken in saying that it is a practice of the Commonwealth Government to disclose information about estates. So far as I am aware the Commonwealth Government takes no action in that respect. It is true that from time to time publication does occur of details of the kind that the honorable member mentioned, but my understanding is that those details are secured from the records kept by State governments for their own probate purposes, which records can be examined on payment of the prescribed fee. That, to the best of my knowledge, is the manner in which the information is secured, and it is not a question of any release of information by the Commonwealth Government.

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