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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 3288

Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is directed to the Prime Minister, is supplementary to the one I asked him yesterday morning. Is it a fact that the salary of Mr Mick Young, who we understand has been appointed to his personal staff, was paid last year by one overseas corporation Hansen Rubensohn-McCann Erickson with money received by it from another overseas corporation Marrickville Margarine? Is it also true that since the election Mr Young has accepted an extensive and lavish overseas trip to Sweden, paid for by a major overseas aircraft company with the intention of trying to sell to the Government through the Australian Labor Party a fighter aircraft to replace the Mirage? If so, will the Prime Minister advise this House of what influence Mr Young will have on future defence policy decisions by his Government and how he sees the WhitlamYoung combine in relation to theWhitlamBarnard combine? Finally, will he assure the House that, in spite of any past associations by his senior personal adviser with overseas corporations, in any policy recommendations brought forward Australia's national interests will be held to the forefront?

Mr WHITLAM - I got the impression that this question was intended to be critical of Mr Young. In that case, it would be out of order as a question without notice.

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