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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 19

Senator DONALD CAMERON - I direct a question to the Attorney-General, ls it a fact that the Attorney-General authorised the payment of costs amounting to approximately $11,000 awarded against a union official in New South Wales? Was the authority given by the AttorneyGeneral after the Commonwealth Industrial Registrar had previously refused a request for the payment of those costs?

Senator GREENWOOD - I must say that I am unable to identify the particular matter to which the honourable senator is referring. I do recall an ex gratia payment of approximately $11,000 that was made, I think, to persons who were involved in certain court litigation in connection with the affairs of the Australian Workers Union. I suggest that the honourable senator put his question on the notice paper and I will have an examination made of the particular aspect he invited me to comment upon.

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