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Wednesday, 11 April 1973
Page: 1333

Mr SPEAKER -Order! The Minister does not need to seek leave to table those documents.

Mr CONNOR - Thank you, Mr Speaker. It was clearly indicated to the companies operating off-shore in the various parts of Australia what their respective obligations were. In some cases there were very serious delays which of course had corresponding effects on the confidence of investors and on the values of shares on the stock exchange. Generally the Commonwealth was deprived of information to which it was entitled and which, n fact, it has received only in the last couple of weeks and in respect of which it is yet to secure a complete evaluation. This is a serious state of affairs. It is distasteful to me to table these matters, but nevertheless it is my duty to do so.

Mr Fairbairn - I seek leave to make a short statement on the same subject.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

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