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Wednesday, 10 October 1984
Page: 1546


Senator HAMER —I refer the Attorney-General to the suggestion by the Deputy Prime Minister that the Senate should wind up the Senate Select Committee on Allegations Concerning a Judge and let justice in New South Wales take its course. Is the Attorney-General satisfied that the course of justice in New South Wales is free of corruption and political influence?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I am not satisfied that any system of justice anywhere in the world is totally free of corruption. As to political influence, that is something about which I am not in a position to judge. All police forces and all systems of justice around the world do their best to cope with the realities of the world which they inhabit. Some environments are more difficult than others. But I do not in any way accept the force of the allegations made against the Government and system in New South Wales, based as those allegations are far more often than not on smear, innuendo, half-truths and very often outright lies rather than hard evidence of the kind that can produce convictions in court, and as such I do not think there is any substance in the innuendo which underlies the honourable senator's question.