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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 3880

Mr GRASSBY - I seek the indulgence of the House to clear up points raised by the honourable member for Hunter and the Deputy Leader of the Australian Country Party at question time yesterday. I undertook, in answers to both honourable gentlemen, to make urgent inquiries about Mr Alexander Barton, and I have done so. Mr Barton was issued with an Australian passport on 12 May 1969. The passport is valid for 5 years. No request has been received from the New South Wales Government for any action in relation to the passport or for Mr Barton's extradition. My inquiries indicate that the Barton group of companies was under investigation by the Corporate Affairs Commission in New South Wales. It is not clear whether that investigation is continuing, but I am trying to establish that point. If a subsequent request is made by the New South Wales Government or its agencies in relation to the passport, I promise honourable members prompt action in the public interest. Mr Barton's passport in any case will come up for review in May next year.

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