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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1451

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I will obey your injunction, Mr President. My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate in his capacity as Attorney-General and refers in general to this continuing smear campaign being waged by the Labor Government implying that the Liberal Party is dominated by foreign companies. I refer in particular to a statement by the Minister for Labour, on the television program 'This Day Tonight' on Tuesday, that he had evidence to back the Labor Party's claim. I ask the AttorneyGeneral: Will he arrange for this evidence to be tabled in the Senate?

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - I will take it up with the Minister for Labour and then decide what ought to be done about it. I hear an interjection about open government. If honourable senators opposite are insistent that this matter be opened in an official capacity, as 1 was asked the last question in my capacity at Attorney-General and not merely as Leader of the Government here, I will pursue it. It may well be that a full investigation into exactly what is happening ought to be had because it is not right that in any country foreign interests ought to be able to dominate the political parties and to influence the course of political affairs by that means.

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