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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
Page: 2124

Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) -I ask the AttorneyGeneral: Is he aware of reports in today's Press alleging that the Commonwealth Police Force has refused to co-operate with security protective arrangements for the visit by Prime Minister Tanaka? If so, is there any substance in the report?

Senator MURPHY - During all visits by dignitaries there is close co-operation between the police and the security authorities of the governments concerned to ensure the safety of the visitors. That course has applied in this case. Commonwealth police and other Australian authorities have co-operated fully in all the arrangements. Japanese authorities, including the visiting Japanese security experts, have not indicated any dissatisfaction with the arrangments that have been made. The Australian authorities consider that the security arrangements are both thorough and appropriate. As a result of the Press reports this morning an official of the Japanese Embassy has informed officials of the Australian Government that the reports in the Press do not reflect their views and are, to his knowledge, groundless.

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