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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4563


Dr Klugman (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Minister's attention been drawn to reported evidence by Detective Robert Maskiell of the Victorian Police Force Special Branch that this Branch kept files on at least 250,000 people.

(2)   If so, did Detective Maskiell also claim that these people were aliens or people who come under notice through offences.

(3)   Has the Commonwealth Government asked the Victorian Police Force Special Branch to keep files on aliens; if so, why.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The AttorneyGeneral have provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   and (2) I am aware that statements of this kind were made. I have not seen a transcript of the evidence given by Detective Maskiell.

(3)   No.







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