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Thursday, 12 October 1972
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Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I refer to the cablegram from our Ambassador in Cambodia dated 19th January 1971 in which he complained of memorandum No. 537 dated 27th December from the Department of Foreign Affairs which asked the Ambassador for a firm shopping list covering expenditure of $190,000 at a time when consideration was being given to spending $190,000 on aircraft belonging to Jetair Australia Ltd. Will the Minister accept memorandum No. 537 as having a relevance to Jetair and included in the papers concerning Jetair which have already been tabled? As it is a confidential document, could it be made available for perusal by the Leader of the Opposition so that he may see the shopping list that the Departmen was asking for?


Senator WRIGHT - In order to gain some understanding of the rather involved question of the honourable senator it is needful for the Senate to know that the honourable senator requested production of this document that he refers to, a communication from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Australian Ambassador in Cambodia. I informed him that the communication was not relevant to the Jetair transaction, that it was on another file and that in any case it was confidential. That answer is valid. 1 will give some consideration to the suggestion that it be made available for the perusal of the Leader of the Opposition, as was the situation in regard to any other documents relevant to Jetair that were considered confidential.







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