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Thursday, 28 March 1985
Page: 1008

Senator Sir JOHN CARRICK(6.23) —Mr Temporary Chairman, I am sorry to press this point but I think that the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans) agrees that it is a serious matter. The Bill itself does not give the Senate any opportunity to clarify and define the question of indemnity. As the Minister has said, this matter is administratively involved somewhere between Cabinet, the Attorney-General and the royal commissioner to be. If I understood the Minister correctly, he understands that there is an expression of concern on our part that the police generally could resist coming forward voluntarily to any commission because of the hazards of the journey. Will the Minister convey to his Cabinet, the Attorney-General and the royal commissioner the expression of concern in this Committee that the goal must be for all 31 policemen to want to come forward to give their motives and that the terms of indemnity as they finally emerge should themselves enable that to happen?