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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1650

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Attorney-General. The Prime Minister, through the Attorney-General, has drafted a reply to questions asked without notice on 1 7 October by Senator Marriott, Senator Cotton and me concerning the purchase of the painting 'Blue Poles'. The reply, inter alia, states that $A67,310 or US$100,000 was paid to Max Hutchinson (New York) Ltd, for brokerage and other services in connection with the purchase of the painting. I ask the Attorney-General whether a member of the Visual and Plastic Arts Board, which I understand was associated with the purchase of this painting, is associated commercially with Max Hutchinson (New York) Ltd, the recipient of the commission? If so, in the public interest will immediate action be taken to ensure that there is no possibility of private commercial gain accruing to the holder of a public office arising from privilege and influence in that particular office?

Senator MURPHY - Yes, I will look into the matter.

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