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Wednesday, 12 December 1973
Page: 2694

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) - I wish to direct a question to the Attorney-General. No doubt he would have seen the reports of proceedings pending in the Industrial Court concerning the deregistration of a union and threats made by one Gallagher of disobedience to court process, supported by mob action. Can the Senate, when it goes into recess, rely upon the Attorney-General to uphold firmly the court process?

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) -I think that the Senate can be confident that the laws are such that the court has, as it always had, ample powers to safeguard its own integrity and that the procedures which are appropriate will be adopted. But I think that it is not wise for us to discuss publicly a matter which is before the court and in any way to prejudice the position of the court, the parties or an individual on the basis of something that has been said in the media.

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