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Wednesday, 24 February 1971

Senator MURPHY - My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I refer to the request which 1 made to him last Thursday about the tabling of the documents on Jetair Australia Ltd and the making of a statement setting out what had happened in connection with the transactions with Jetair Australia Ltd. I think the Minister indicated that before Tuesday - that is, before yesterday - he would collaborate with the Department of Foreign Affairs to obtain a complete chronological statement setting out what had happened. Could the Leader of the Government advise honourable senators whether he is able to table the documents and present the statement to the Senate?


J made no commitment to table the documents but I said that 1 saw no reason why J should not make a statement. I inquired about the position again today. Tomorrow I shall be in a position to make a statement on the situation. This afternoon 1 happened to listen to question time in another place and T heard the Minister for Foreign Affairs announce in response to a question that the purchase price of the 6 aircraft from Jetair was S275.000. I hope that tomorrow .1 will be in a position to make the statement I promised to make.

Senator Murphy - Will the Minister table the documents?

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONI have made no commitment to table documents. T said that [ did not see any logic in that. I shall certainly make a statement. I will be happy if the honourable senator takes it up from there if he wants to.

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