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Tuesday, 23 October 1984
Page: 2169

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of South Australia respectfully showeth:

That we are greatly concerned with the extent to which serious crime including murder, major drug financing and massive tax frauds have perpetrated into the highest levels of Australian society as shown in the investigations of various Royal Commissioners and in particular Mr Frank Costigan QC.

That we are concerned that the National Crime Authority has too many restrictions and possible lines of veto placed upon it for it to be an effective successor to the Costigan Commission and that this will allow major criminals to avoid prosecution.

And your petitioners humbly pray that the Federal Government negotiate urgently with the Victorian Government on the re-activation of the Costigan Commission and to extend its term to at least 31 March 1985 and also to provide the Commission with whatever resources it may need to successfully conclude its investigations into organised crime in Australia.

Further we believe that the issue of organised crime in Australia is so important that the Parliament should not be dissolved until at least the interim Costigan Report has been received and fully debated by both Houses of Parliament .

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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