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Thursday, 1 March 1973
Page: 196

Mr Lynch asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Has each member of his personal staff undergone a security clearance.

(2)   Has any member of his staff ever refused to undergo procedures for security clearance.

(3)   Were any submissions received from the United States Government or representatives of it which relate to security clearances of members of his personal staff.

(4)   If so, would certain classified material have been withheld if security procedures were not adopted.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   As 1 indicated in replies to Questions Without Notice on 28th February (Hansard, pages 33, 35 and 39), every member of my personal staff has undergone a security clearance.

(2)   No.

(3)   No.

(4)   See answer to (3) above.

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