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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2038

Senator LAUCKE -I refer the AttorneyGeneral to a reply to a question which he gave recently in which he said that $A67,310 or US$100,000 was paid to Max Hutchinson (New York) Ltd for brokerage and commission in connection with the purchase of the painting 'Blue Poles'. On 8 November I asked the AttorneyGeneral whether a member of the Visual and Plastic Arts Board, which Board had to deal with the purchase of the painting, is associated with Max Hutchinson (New York) Ltd, the recipient of the commission. I then asked whether in the public interest action would be taken to ensure that there is no possibility of private commercial gain accruing to the holder of a public office arising from influence and privilege in that office. At that time the Attorney-General replied that he would look into the matter and advise me as to these connections. I further ask: Is there connection between Max Hutchinson (New York) Ltd and galleries in Sydney?

Senator MURPHY - I will get an answer for the honourable senator as soon as possible.

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