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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 392


Mr Viner On 14 November 1979 (Hansard, page 2963) the honourable member for Hunter (Mr James) asked me, as Minister representing the Attorney-General, the following question without notice:

At the conclusion of the proceedings privately launched by solicitor Danny Sankey against Whitlam and others, did the court award certain costs against Sankey. If so, has any attempt been made by Sankey to pay those costs. If not, has the Commonwealth made any endeavour to recover them.

The Attorney-General has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The defendants in the proceedings to which the honourable member refers were discharged on 16 Februray 1979. On that day counsel for each defendant applied for an order for costs against the informant. That application was heard in stages and on 17 December 1979 the Magistrate, Mr Leo, S.M., delivered a judgment to the effect that the informant should pay the costs of Mr Whitlam, Dr Cairns and Mr Justice Murphy (but not of the late Mr Connor) in respect of certain a parts of the proceedings before the Magistrate. The Magistrate did not then fix an amount of costs but adjourned the proceedings to provide the parties with an opportunity to agree on quantum. No agreement on quantum had been reached at 14 July 1980. The proceedings stand adjourned to 29 August 1980.







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