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Wednesday, 7 March 1973
Page: 285

Mr GARLAND (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I address my question to the Minister for Defence, Minister for the Navy, Minister for the Army, Minister for Air and Minister for Supply, and refer to the document tabled yesterday by him which he described as 'the full documentation of the investigation which I requested from the Secretary of the Department of Defence', and which he then used as a basis for answering a number of questions in this House yesterday. Did he then believe that the contents of the document he tabled were true? If the answer is no, why did he not say so in the many answers on the subject that he gave during yesterday's question time? Does he now believe that the contents are true? If he does not now believe that the contents are true, when did he reach that conclusion and in what respects does he consider the document to be misleading?

Mr BARNARD - I tabled the document because it was the version of the Secretary of the Department of Defence for which I had asked. At no time since have I reflected in any way on the Secretary of the Department of Defence. What I did say was that there had been a misunderstanding on this matter; that on some matters I had not been informed. I sought that information and 1 made it perfectly clear in my statements yesterday.

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