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Thursday, 18 October 1956

Mr STEWART (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Minister for External Affairs will recall the case of a naturalized Australian who was called before an Australian court last May to answer an application for his extradition to the People's Republic of Yugoslavia to be tried there for an alleged offence. Will the Minister inform the House whether, arising out of that case, steps have been taken by the Australian Government to adjust the laws relating to extradition that are in force in Australia and to review any treaties dealing with the subject? If no such action has been taken, will the Minister ensure that immediate and favorable consideration will be given to bringing our extradition arrangements up to date by terminating all treaties existing between Australia and Communist-dominated countries, after the necessary notice has been given, and by amending the Australian laws relating to extradition so that in this free land a newly arrived immigrant who has escaped from a totalitarian country will be protected from a misuse of extradition arrangements that might force him to appear before an Australian court to answer an application for his extradition for what was in reality a political offence?

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