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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 1366

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Attorney-General and is supplementary to those asked by Senators Durack and Wood. It concerns the forceful release of a draft resister from the custody of 2 Commonwealth police officers by an anarchistic minority of students at the University of Sydney recently? Will he ensure that the Government will take the strongest possible action to see that those responsible are brought to justice and punished severely in order to discourage such irresponsibility in the future and to demonstrate to the vast majority of law-abiding citizens that pussyfooting with regard to the militant minority on university campuses is at an end?

Senator GREENWOOD - I reiterate to the honourable senator what I have said publicly: that the police will pursue their inquiries and their investigations with a view to identifying, locating, arresting and bringing before the courts those persons who interfered with and obstructed the police in the execution of their duty. That such obstruction took place is patent. The police will endeavour to locate the wrongdoers to the best of their ability in the circumstance of the involvement of university students which creates particular difficulties. I would assert also that it is important that in this country we should recognise that university students are not different from members of the community and that university premises are not different from other public places to which the people may resort and upon which the police may go in order to pursue their inquiries. Any other view, as I have said earlier, is absolutely untenable.

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