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Tuesday, 6 November 1973
Page: 1518

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Secondary Industry. Is it a fact that there has been a reported leak of the Tariff Board's recommendations to the Government in relation to colour television as appeared from a report in a Sydney journal last week? Is it also a fact that a premature leak of a Tariff Board report prior to a Government decision and an announcement in Parliament could have serious implications, not least on the stock market but particularly in relation to the employment in some industries of many thousands of people? Is it a fact that the Prime Minister has stated in another place that tariff decisions would be made by Cabinet- very properly- and then announced in the Parliament? Will the Minister investigate which persons- other than Ministers who very properly have a right to the document- had access to the Tariff Board document on colour television which was handed to the Government?

Senator WRIEDT - I am not aware of the circumstances to which Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson has referred. I can only refer the honourable senator's question to the Minister for Secondary Industry and obtain an answer from him. I am surprised by the suggestion that such information has been leaked. I am quite sure that such information would not have come from any source within the Cabinet. Nevertheless I shall refer the honourable senator's question to the Minister for Secondary Industry.

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