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Wednesday, 7 December 1983
Page: 3373


Mr HODGMAN —Has the Prime Minister's attention been personally drawn to the provisions of section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914 dealing with accessories after the fact, for which offence the penalty is two years imprisonment and, under the Constitution, automatic forfeiture of one's parliamentary seat? Will the Prime Minister now publicly admit that he and the Attorney-General, jointly and severally, have assisted the honourable member for Port Adelaide, knowing that the honourable member fulfils each of the criteria referred to-


Dr Klugman —Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. As I understand it, questions are not to deal with legal opinion. It is bad enough for the honourable member for Denison to give bad legal opinions.


Mr SPEAKER —Order! I have been bending my mind to whether it is a matter that should be dealt with by substantive motion, but I will allow the honourable member to continue his question and make a judgment then.


Mr HODGMAN —Will the Prime Minister now admit that he and the Attorney-General, jointly and severally, have assisted the honourable member for Port Adelaide, knowing that the honourable member fulfils each of the criteria referred to by Mr Justice Hope in paragraph 7.32 of the Royal Commissioner's report with reference to section 79 (3) of the Crimes Act, by deciding that, notwithstanding the clear and express terms of the law, the honourable member for Port Adelaide will not be prosecuted?


Mr HAWKE —May I give a joint and several answer. No, no.