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Tuesday, 15 April 1969

Senator ANDERSON - The Minister for Trade and Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question: 1, 2 and 3. I have not seen the Press report referred to in the question. The Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, has informed me that on 23rd December 1968 an administrative circular was distributed within the Department advising officers that as a result of faults in the telephone equipment in the Administrative Building some conversations between officers were being overheard by others. Officers were advised therefore to exercise care in the use of telephones. There was no suggestion that departmental telephones were being tapped. Post Office technicians have since discovered and corrected certain faults in the switchboard equipment.

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