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Thursday, 20 September 2007
Page: 204

Mr Bevis asked the Attorney-General, in writing, on 8 August 2007:

In respect of terror suspects and those charged with terror-related crimes: (a) how many, if any, are required not to talk to the media as a precondition of bail; (b) by whom, when and where are such preconditions imposed; (c) how many terror suspects are known to have breached such a precondition.

Mr Ruddock (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   One person, who has been charged with an offence under Part 5.3 (Terrorism) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), was released on bail on his own undertaking, with conditions including: “1. I will not publish or authorise or approve to be published collected or produced any material for publication, either in written, visual or audio form.

(b)   These bail conditions were imposed by The Honourable Justice Greg James of the Supreme Court of NSW on 24 June 2004, following his review of a Magistrate’s bail decision. The bail, with these undertakings and the other conditions, was continued at various times by various judicial officers presiding over the matter.

(c)   No action has been taken with respect to a breach of any of the above undertakings.