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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 901

Senator MARRIOTT - Relative to the last 2 questions asked by honourable senators opposite I ask: Can the Attorney-General inform the Senate whether he has any knowledge of any information flowing from the plush headquarters of the Australian Council of Trade Unions or any other trade union to the Commonwealth or Victoria Police to help them solve the crimes allegedly committed within Painters and Dockers Union circles?

Senator GREENWOOD - In answer to the honourable senator's question I must confess that I have no such information. I am not able to say whether the information has been supplied. I think the honourable senator's question proceeded upon a certain assumption. Maybe that assumption is well founded; I am unable to say. But this is essentially a matter of State police investigation. I hope that representatives of the Australian Council of Trade Unions would assist the police in their investigations, even though those people have an inclination - well realised in certain cases such as searching for national service offenders - not to assist the police.

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