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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) -If the honourable member wants to ask a question on foreign policy, I suggest that he should ask it of the Foreign Minister. My responsibility is to administer the relevant Act. If people use radios for receiving or transmitting messages illegally, I will take the appropriate action. I do not care whether the offence takes place in Darwin or anywhere else. It is very interesting that a lot of concern is expressed on this matter. The Department is proceeding continuously against a number of people. We have cases right throughout Australia. The honourable member is therefore selecting one decision and trying to make something out of it. I do not care whether an offence takes place in Darwin or any other part of Australia. If information comes to the Department or to me that people are illegally using radio equipment, the law will proceed.

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