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Monday, 15 October 1973
Page: 2049


Mr SPEAKER - On Thursday night last the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) raised a matter of privilege relating to extracts from a letter allegedly written by Mr B. G. Dexter, Secretary of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, to Dr H. C. Coombs, Chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Affairs, which were published in the 'Daily Telegraph' of Thursday, 11 October 1973. In accordance with the practice when matters of privilege suddenly arise, I undertook to consider whether a prima facie case of breach of privilege had been made out and to report to the House today. I have given the matter consideration and now inform the House that in my opinion such a case has been made out. The Leader of the Opposition may now proceed, if he wishes, to move a motion to refer the matter to the Committee of Privileges.

Motion (by Mr Snedden) agreed to:

That the matter of the letter allegedly written by Mr B. G. Dexter, Secretary of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, referred to and quoted in an article in the 'Daily Telegraph' of Thursday, 11 October 1973, under the heading 'Torres Strait scheme under attack', be referred to the Committee of Privileges.







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