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Thursday, 3 October 1974
Page: 1648

Senator STEELE HALL (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address my question to the Attorney-General. In view of certain conjecture concerning the apparent delay in the publication of the report of the Great Barrier Reef Petroleum Drilling Royal Commission can the Attorney-General indicate whether delay has occurred? In any event, will he take action to expedite publication of the report?

Senator MURPHY - I regret that I am not certain of the position. Perhaps the honourable senator could put his question on the notice paper or I will endeavour to get the information and inform him at the next question time of exactly what has happened. I do know that the inquiry went on for a very long time under a distinguished chairman, Sir Gordon Wallace. We have heard from time to time that it has cost a great deal of money and we do know that the subject matter of the inquiry is of the highest importance to Australia and to the world. I will get the information for the honourable senator and give it to him at the next opportunity.

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