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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1937

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) - Mr President,I seek leave to comment on the statement made by Senator James McClelland.

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - I heard on the communications system a question being raised as to the implications of releasing evidence which was taken in camera before this Committee. As the senator who initially asked a question in relation to this matter, I think that in fairness to Senator James McClelland I should make the point that the inference that could be drawn from the releasing of evidence given in camera, as raised by Senator Young- I think it was fair enough that he should raise the matterdoes not arise in these circumstances. I understand that the decision to take the evidence in camera was made because the witnesses were giving special evidence. Three of the witnesses, including the Attorney-General himself, were from the Attorney-General's Department and were giving technical evidence. As I understand it, it was quite clear that there was no suggestion that the evidence was being given in camera in order to withhold publication of the evidence. So I am quite certain that the point raised by Senator Young and Senator Cavanagh- I think it was proper that they should raise it- has no application in these circumstances.

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