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Tuesday, 10 December 1974
Page: 3259

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) -My question, addressed to the Attorney-General, follows that asked of him by Senator Carrick. The AttorneyGeneral omitted to answer the real nub of Senator Carrick 's question. Is the position of private secretary to the Treasurer the most sensitive job amongst private secretaries? Was the AttorneyGeneral aware of the judgments against Miss Morosi before Dr Cairns was contemplating appointing her as his secretary? Was he aware of any other judgments against Miss Morosi? Did he inform Dr Cairns of those judgments?

Senator MURPHY -The answer to the first part of the question is no. I do not recall knowledge of any judgments against Miss Morosi in relation to these money matters of which the honourable senator speaks. It has not even been indicated whether the judgments have been satisfied. That was the point I raised with Senator Carrick. Therefore I do not know what is the purpose of Senator Greenwood's question. I suppose that if we were to go through all the court records that show what judgments have been obtained against various persons we would find, especially if we went back for some years, that judgments had been obtained against all sorts of people. I seem to recall that some of the most prominent people in Australia have had judgments recorded against them in recent times. I would be astonished if some of the members of this Parliament did not have judgments recorded against them. After all, in claims for the payment of money, sometimes the claims are disputed; sometimes they are not. I repeat that it is not a proper use of this forum to start to raise into the public arena the affairs of persons involved in such matters. The mere fact that some judgment has been recorded against a person, as such, ought not to be raised in this chamber.

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