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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 321

Senator GEORGES - I direct a question to the Minister for Works. I inform him that I ignored the word 'malicious' and similar words he used against me and that I will retaliate in due course. I take it that he intends to make an investigation of the charges I made. Will he further verify when he makes that investigation that, in fact, Mr Dowling did contact the Prime Minister and that it was at the Prime Minister's direction that the assessment was withdrawn by the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation in New South Wales?

Senator WRIGHT - It was only on the most specious consideration of irrelevance that the question was addressed to me. I have nothing to do with taxation assessments and ordinarily I would have simply ignored the question. But inasmuch as Senator Georges took the weak understanding that there was an element of intimidation in the incident he referred to alike to that which we were discussing in industrial affairs, I assured him that the matter would be investigated. 1 can tell him that I have already sent a note to the Treasurer, within whose responsibility the matter comes, drawing his attention to what Senator Georges has said, lt is now in the province of the Treasurer and he will take, according to his responsibility, the proper course. It is none of my responsibility.

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