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Tuesday, 20 May 1980
Page: 2889

Mr Leo McLeay (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I refer the Minister for Post and Telecommunications to page 37 of the transcript of the proceedings of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal's inquiry into an application by Control Investments Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corporation Ltd which wished to purchase up to 50 per cent of the paid capital of Ansett Transport Industries Ltd. The Chairman of the Tribunal told Mr Nicholson, Q.C., for the Australian Labor Party:

.   . and I further add that I believe on either the 22nd January or the 22nd February there was a letter from Ansett Transport Industries to the Minister also and to the Attorney-General advising that they -

That is, Ansett Transport Industries Ltd- no longer wished to proceed with that matter.

That is, the allegation of illegality against the News group. I ask the Minister: Will he table the letter to him from the Chairman which was referred to in the transcript? Is it not a fact that this letter was written after Thomas Nationwide Transport Ltd and the News group had obtained control of Ansett Transport Industries Ltd?

Mr STALEY - I will examine those matters also and give the honourable member a reply as soon as possible.

Mr Leo McLeay (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I raise a point of order. There were two parts to my question, one of which no doubt the Minister for Post and Telecommunications can inquire into. The first part does not require an inquiry. I just asked him whether he intended to table a letter. There does not need to be an inquiry into that.

Mr SPEAKER - There is no point of order. The Minister, under the Standing Orders, is entitled to answer as he pleases, provided the answer is relevant.

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