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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 2266

Mr Daly asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   What accommodation has been provided for each Assistant Minister in (a) Canberra and (b) each State.

(2)   What is the location and telephone number of each office.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   & (2) Details of the accommodation provided in Canberra and in each State for Assistant Ministers in their capacity as Assistant Ministers are shown in the table below:


No separate accommodation has been provided for the Honourable I. Robinson or the Honourable R. S. King in their capacity as Assistant Ministers. By arrangement, however, with the Minister concerned, Mr Robinson has the use of the offices of the Postmaster-General in Sydney and Melbourne, and Mr King has the use of the office of the Minister for Primary Industry in Melbourne.

The Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives have provided the following details of accommodation occupied in Parliament House by Assistant Ministers:


Incident at Prime Minister's Lodge (Question No. 5144) Mr Enderby asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Have the Commonwealth Police completed their inquiries into the incident that was alleged to have occurred at the Prime Minister's Lodge on 23 December 1971 when several shots were alleged to have been fired and an attempt made to use a petrol bomb.

(2)   If so, what are the results of those inquiries.

(3)   Has anyone been apprehended arising out of the incident.

(4)   Have any charges been preferred.

(5)   Has any inquiry by the police or otherwise been conducted into the part played in the incident by the Commonwealth police officers concerned.

(6)   If so, what was the result of that inquiry.

(7)   Has any disciplinary or other punitive action been taken against any Commonwealth policemen for any part played in the incident.

(8)   Will the Attorney-General publish a full report of what happened.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   to (4) An inquiry has been conducted by the Australian Capital Territory Police, since the incident appeared to involve breaches of Territory law. The Commonwealth Police have assisted 'with the inquiry. The inquiry has covered all sources of information so far available. The inquiry has not been able to establish the identity of the person or persons reported to have intruded into the grounds of the Prime Minister's Lodge or to have fired a shot.

(5)   (6) and (7) Commonwealth Police Officers concerned were interviewed by the officers in charge of the inquiry, as part of the normal process of investigation into the incident. The investigation did not disclose any ground for taking disciplinary or other punitive action against the Commonwealth Police Officers on duty at the time.

(8)   I think that the position is fully covered in the above answers to the honourable member's questions.

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