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Wednesday, 3 June 1970


Mr Daly (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   How many persons have been charged with offences in the Australian Capital Territory for demonstrations or activities against the Vietnam War since Australia's involvement?

(2)   In each case what was the (a) name of the person charged, (b) nature of the charge, (c) verdict given, (d) penalty imposed and1 (e.) name of the magistrate or judge who heard the case.


Mr Hughes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Records are not kept such as would enable this question to be readily answered. I would expect that persons who have been charged with offences in the Australian Capital Territory arising out of demonstrations or activities against the Vietnam war would usually have been charged with offences of a fairly general character, such as offensive behaviour, obstructing the police or insulting language. In order to answer the honourable member's question, it would be necessary, first, to identify every charge of that nature and then examine the record of proceedings for the purpose of seeing whether the charge bore any relationship to demonstrations or to activities of the kind mentio'ned. It would not be practicable for this to be done.







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