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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 430

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 29 April 1980:

(   1 ) Was a combined police task force under Assistant Commissioner Hall of the Victorian Police appointed to investigate allegations of criminal behaviour by members of the Federal Narcotics Bureau reportedly linked to the killings of a Mr and Mrs D. Wilson; if so, (a) when was it appointed and (b) has it reported.

(2)   If the task force has reported, (a) what were its findings and (b) have any former members of the Bureau been prosecuted.

Mr John McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) I announced the appointment of the task force on 8 June 1979. Committal proceedings were instituted, as a result of the task force's investigations, against two former Narcotics Bureau officers and a law clerk. These proceedings concluded in May this year without committals because of insufficiency of evidence to support trials on charges of criminal conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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