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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2030

Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) - My question without notice- and I do not expect the Minister to have anything to read from- is addressed to the Minister assisting the Minister for Defence. When the Minister is able to give the information will he state whether it is customary for representatives of the Australian Broadcasting Commission or other news media to be permitted to travel in Royal Australian Air Force aircraft during any search operations in which the RAAF is taking part? If it is not, will the Minister institute inquiries to ascertain why and by whom the RAAF was instructed to take ABC representatives on RAAF aircraft of their choice during the search for the crew of the ill-fated 'Blythe Star'? Will he also inquire whether operational conversations between the RAAF crew and search and rescue headquarters were recorded by an ABC representative without the knowledge or permission of the captain of the aircraft?

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) - The question calls for a lot of information about the recent search, which I do not have. I suggest the best course is to put the question on notice and I will obtain the information.

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