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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 440

Dr Klugman asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 13 May 1980:

Did the Crown make an application to close the Court during recent proceedings of prosecutions for alleged social security frauds in Sydney, NSW; if so, (a) why was the application made and (b) was it successful.

Mr Viner - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

On 22 April 1980, in the committal proceedings in Sydney in the Social Security conspiracy case, the Magistrate was requested to hear in closed court an application on behalf of the informant for an order that the further evidence of Mr Chris Nakis be taken in a closed court. The Magistrate granted that request and received in closed court the material relevant to the application that the further evidence of Mr Nakis be taken in closed court. The Magistrate refused to order that the further evidence of Mr Nakis be taken in closed court and his decision was upheld by the Supreme Court. The substance of the grounds on which the application was made appears from paragraphs 25, 26, 28 and 29 of an affidavit filed in the proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in which the decision of the Magistrate was challenged. The texts of those paragraphs are set out in the Judgment of Mr Justice Yeldham which was delivered on 1 May 1 980.

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