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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 453

Mr Uren asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 22 May 1980:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to the claim, in Truth Will Out by Mr M. Thwaites that Mr Thwaites, as Director of the Australian 'Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Counter Espionage Branch, (a) supervised the Petrov case for more than 2 years and (b) was then detached from all other duties in ASIO for the next 18 months in order to assist the Petrovs to write Empire of Fear.

(2)   Did Mr Thwaites (a) seek or (b) receive permission to write his own book; if so, on what conditions.

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

(   1 ) (a) (b) My attention has now been drawn to the matter referred to by Mr Uren.

(2)   (a) (b) I am advised that Mr Thwaites notified ASIO of his intention to write a book about the Petrovs. He later notified the proposed date of publication of the book. No permission to write such a book was sought or given by ASIO.

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