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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 1567

Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - I have a question to ask of the Attorney-General. I refer to an incident on 23 rd December at the Prime Minister's Lodge. In view of the increasingly mysterious answers being given to this matter will the AttorneyGeneral scotch for all time the rumours which arc very persistent in Canberra that guests at the Prime Minister's Lodge that evening or that night were responsible for the firing of the gun?

Senator GREENWOOD - I do not know the basis of Senator Turnbull's suggestion that all of this is exceedingly mysterious. At the time the incident happened the Press was full of it. The Press received all the information it sought. I have been asked certain questions since as to the outcome of the inquiry. I have stated - and I repeat again - that an inquiry was conducted by the police as to who went to the Lodge and fired the shot. The police inquiry has ascertained that we have not been able to identify who that person was who got into the grounds of the Lodge and who fired the shot. I think it is regrettable that we are not able to make this identification but I assure the honourable senator that there was a full police inquiry into the matter. I do not know why these other matters are being raised. It is a fact that there was an entertainment at the Lodge that night I believe that the Prime Minister was not present. It has a Christmas function which is traditionally held. But that had nothing whatever to do with the events which followed and that is what the police inquiry found.

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