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Friday, 30 May 1969

Senator ANDERSON - The Minister for Trade and Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question: 1 and 2. The Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry, has informed me that Mr W. A. McKinnon was present at Mr O'Brien's request for most of the time while the Commonwealth police interviewed Mr O'Brien. Mr McKinnon subsequently called at Mr O'Brien's home. He did this on a purely private and personal basis and not on instructions from senior officers.

3.   The Secretary has informed me that the resignation was submitted unconditionally.

4.   The Secretary has informed me that Mr O'Brien did not seek any assurance in relation to the treatment of Mr Hoffmann as a condition of hisresignation.

5.   No.

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