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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 2311

Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Attorney-General. On 27th April I asked him to inform me by letter (a) when the Department of Labour and National Service requested advice from his Department in relation to the conscientious objection application by Paul Fox and (b) when the Attorney-General's Department furnished the advice sought by the Department of Labour and National Service. The Minister agreed to my request. I have not received any letter to date. I now ask the Minister whether he will let me have the information at the earliest opportunity and, further, whether he will cite the section' or sections of the Act which required his Department's attention.

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - I am sorry that the honourable senator has not received a reply from me. I will have a look into the matter and see what stage it has reached within my Department. Whether I will give him the additional answer will depend upon the nature of the precise inquiries which were made. I do not think it is appropriate that legal opinion which is delivered by the AttorneyGeneral's Department to a client department should generally be made available - certainly not without the consent of that department. But it may be that the question the honourable senator asked does not involve that, and I will have a look at it. But I make that reservation right at the outset.

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