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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3169

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - Can the AttorneyGeneral inform the Senate whether Mr Ditchburn and his wife had interests in the travel agencies called Offline and George R. Smith? Is it true that one of these agencies is currently being inquired into by the New South Wales Commissioner of Corporate Affairs?

Senator MURPHY - I cannot tell the honourable senator with any precision about particular names, but no doubt Mr Ditchburn and his wife had some interest in travel agencies. The honourablesenator's information may be correct. I do not know whether such companies are being inquired into by the Corporate Affairs Commission, but I am informed that neither of the 2 persons has ever been convicted of any offence or charged with any offence. My information is that Miss Morosi has never been questioned by the Corporate Affairs Commission or by the police. If one were to look at the companies which are being inquired into by the Corporate Affairs Commission- I take it that the honourable senator was referring to New South Wales- and if I were asked about the persons who are associated with those companies, particularly the directors of them, I could give a roll call of half the prominent people in New South Wales.

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