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Wednesday, 23 April 1980
Page: 1702

Senator WALSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry. Given the fact that the AuditorGeneral has declared, and the Acting Chairman of the Australian Dairy Corporation has confirmed, that Mr Tony Webster and his family illegally received air fares from Asia Dairy Industries (Hong Kong) Ltd, when the Minister stated in reply to a question in the House of Representatives last Thursday that 'the honourable member for Melbourne Ports . . would like to do a Michael Finnane on the Webster case, just as the Labor Party did on Ian Sinclair', what was the Minister implying?

Senator SCOTT -The Government is extremely concerned that there should be no prejudgment in matters relating to Asia Dairy Industries (Hong Kong) Ltd. On the Minister's direction, intensive investigations are being undertaken of the matters surrounding that company. When those investigations are complete, as the Minister has said, a full statement will be made to the Parliament or released to the Press.

Senator WALSH - I ask a supplementary question. Will the Minister ask the Minister for Primary Industry what he was implying when he juxtaposed Mr Sinclair and Mr Webster?

Senator SCOTT -It is not for me to decipher what the Minister may or may not have been implying.

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