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Thursday, 10 May 1973
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Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Government any information concerning activities of Yugoslav Government intelligence organisations within Australia.

(2)   If so, will he give full details to the House and table any relevant documents.

(3)   If such information becomes available to the Government, will he give an undertaking that the

House will be advised in detail immediately, and informed of what action will be taken.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) It is believed that the Yugoslav Government has sources of information within the Yugoslav community in Australia. While the collection of information is not in itself unlawful, I repeat the undertaking already given by the Attorney-General in the Senate on 7th March 1973 in which he said that Australia would not permit illegal activities on behalf of any power in Australia and would not accept the continued presence in Australia of any agents for a foreign power who were conducting unlawful activities here.

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