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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 17


Senator CAVANAGH - I desire to ask a question of the Attorney-General which arises out of my previous question on this matter. Do 1 gather from the answer given to my previous question that nothing will be done by the Commonwealth to enforce the penalty imposed by a Federal court on citizens mentioned in my previous question who were found in breach of Commonwealth law?


Senator GREENWOOD - I think the honourable senator is quite right in his assumption that no action will be taken by the Commonwealth. The reason no action will be taken by the Commonwealth is as I have said, that they were colluded prosecutions. As to the attitude which was adopted, these were private prosecutions of peop'e who consented to be prosecuted and who pleaded guilty not for the purpose of vindicating or upholding a law but simply for the purpose of attacking a law. This is so abundantly clear that I just wonder how long the honourable senator will persist with a matter which his colleagues gave away 3 years ago.







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