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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1953

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) - Will the AttorneyGeneral say in what States the Commonwealth Deputy Crown Solicitors have received directions to brief on behalf of the Commonwealth only those counsel who are members of the Australian Labor Party? Why have those directions been given?

Senator MURPHY -As to the States in which directions have been received to brief only members of the Australian Labor Party, I would think the answer would be none. The second part of the question therefore does not arise. From my own knowledge of the matter not only has no such direction been given but also I think the contrary in a sense applies in fact and the practice is quite inconsistent with what is alleged. If the honourable senator would like me to do so I think I could reel off the names of a number of members of the Liberal Party who have been briefed and who are being briefed. I could even mention one very distinguished member of the Liberal Party who has been prominently in the news and who I trust will be briefed not only for the remainder of this Parliament but also for the lengthy time until there is a change of government and he perhaps becomes the next Liberal Attorney-General.

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