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Wednesday, 11 April 1973
Page: 1289

Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - I ask the Prime Minister: Is lt a fact, as alleged on the television program 'Federal File', that the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation representative for the interdepartmental meeting on 2nd March is not a public servant? Is it a fact that a public servant must be charged in writing, has a right to reply in writing, has a right to appeal and has the right to representation by counsel? Is it a fact that the ASIO officer concerned has none of these rights? Has the Government deliberately chosen the ASIO representative as the most convenient scapegoat to hide the Government's own duplicity in this affair?

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - The answer to the first question is that I do not know. The answer to the second question is yes and to the third question, 1 would hope so. I forget what the fourth question was.

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