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Thursday, 24 February 1977

Mr ABEL (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Attorney-General. Are allegations against The Children of God concerning brainwashing, psychiatric damage to young people, exploitation of young people financially involving sums up to $2,500 and heavy sado-masochistic sexual emphasis in its literature matters within the jurisdiction of a State Parliament rather than the Commonwealth Parliament? Will the AttorneyGeneral indicate whether his Department is investigating the Children of God or whether it is a matter far more appropriately left to State parliamentary inquiries? Would such a parliamentary inquiry at the State level give the Children of God full, fair and ample opportunity to answer the allegations made against them? For the assistance of the Attorney-General I bring to his attention that in New South Wales State Parliament this afternoon my State colleague the honourable member for Gordon, Mr Tim Moore, will move an urgency debate -

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