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Tuesday, 30 March 1971

Senator MURPHY - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Postmaster-General. Will the Minister ask the Postmaster-General to inquire urgently whether a responsible and experienced Australian Broadcasting Commission journalist in Sydney was dismissed on Monday, 22nd March . of this year, for writing a news story about discrimination against an Aboriginal woman by the Australian Mutual Provident Society in relation to insurance premiums, and whether it is true that neither the AMP Society nor the woman concerned have denied the story despite the fact that the controller of news, Mr Fraser, specially sent out another reporter in an attempt to get her to refute the story. Will the Minister also inquire whether it is true that the same journalist's position had been in jeopardy because of revelations he made in relation to immigration which had greatly embarassed the Government and the Department of Immigration? Without naming the journalist, I ask the Minister whether he will ask the Postmaster-General to inquire into these matters in order to ascertain the truth. 1 also ask whether a statement on these matters could be made in this place.

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