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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1145

Senator CAVANAGH - My question, which I address to the Attorney-General, arises out of my previous question and the fact that he said to Senator Webster that he might like to ask a question about the letter which the Attorney-General received. Am I correct in inferring from what the Attorney-General said that the nature of the information contained in the letter was made available to Senator Webster for the purpose of framing his question? Was the disclosure of this information supplied by a State department to a Federal department a breach of privilege or ethics?

Senator GREENWOOD - Senator

Cavanagh is persistent, but 1 can assure him that the nature of the reply which I received from Mr Stubbs was not conveyed to Senator Webster. Even if it were conveyed in whole or in part it would still be a letter within the custody of the Minister to whom is was addressed and it would be for that Minister to determine what he would release. But the foundation of Senator Cavanagh's question lacks basis.

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