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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 988

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Which Federal and State judges and retired judges have been invited in the last 10 years by Federal Ministers to inquire into and report upon matters not within the statutory functions of their courts.

(2)   On what dates and into what matters were they invited to inquire.

(3)   On what dales were their reports (a) received and (b) tabled.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3). 1 am informed that, in relation to Federal judges holding office at present, some details could be extracted from court records. However, there is no central record in respect of State or retired judges.

To obtain the information would involve all departments and authorities in considerable research and 1 am reluctant to authorise the time and effort entai'ed.

However, if the honourable member wishes to know what action may have been taken in this way on a particular subject I will examine the matter lo see what information can be provided.

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