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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3174


Mr Staley -On 20 May 1980 (Hansard, page 2884) Mr Keith Johnson asked me a question without notice concerning a letter from Ansett Transport Industries Limited which was referred to in the Tribunal's inquiry into the purchase of shares by Control Investments Pty Ltd in the issued capital of Ansett Transport Industries Limited.

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

The Secretary of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal wrote to Senator Button in March 1980 (and not on 8 February as stated in the question) in response to a letter dated 8 February from Senator Button.

The transcript of the Tribunal's proceedings into the application by Control Investments Pty Ltd for approval to the transfer of shares in Ansett Transport Industries Limited records that Mr Nicholson, Q.C., asked the Tribunal to produce a letter from Sir Reginald Ansett, as Managing Director of Ansett Transport Industries Limited, to the Tribunal.

There is no record of such a letter to the Tribunal. Sir Reginald Ansett did write to the Attorney-General on the subject of the purchase by News Limited of shares in Ansett Transpon Industries Limited.







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