Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 989

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - Has the AttorneyGeneral seen Press reports that UDBA, the dreaded Yugoslav secret police, is operating in Australia? Is it a fact that UDBA is generally held responsible for the murder of several Croatian nationalists throughout the world? Has the Minister received any complaints from the Australian Labor Party in respect of the operation of these secret police or are that Party's complaints limited strictly to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation? Will the Minister give an assurance that any proven UDBA man will be deported from Australia? Will he also notify the Yugoslav Government that these types are unwelcome in this country and will not be admitted in the future?

Senator GREENWOOD - I have seen some Press reports, including a prominent one this morning, to the effect that UDBA, which I understand is said to be the secret police of the Yugoslav Government, is operating in Australia. I read the article carefully and I did not see any hard evidence to support the allegation. It was based upon conjecture. I think it is a matter of judgment for the writer of the article and anyone who reads it as to how valid are the facts which were there stated to justify the conclusion reached. As to the part of the honourable senator's question relating to the reputed activities of UDBA in places outside Australia, I have heard allegations to that effect but I am unable to say whether they are true or false. I have not received any complaints from members of the Australian Labor Party about the existence of UDBA in Australia. As to whether action would be taken if members of UDBA were discovered to be in Australia, I think the Government's position would be quite clear. We do not believe that Australia should be a base for espionage any more than we believe that Australia should be a place where terrorist organisations are conducted. All allegations to this effect will be investigated and the position is the same irrespective of whether it is a supposed secret police organisation or a group of people training in this country to undertake subversive activities outside this country. That is the position which I have maintained all along.

Suggest corrections