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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 999


Senator MULVIHILL - I address a question to Senator Greenwood in his dual capacity as Attorney-General and Ministerrepresenting the Minister for Immigration. How does he explain the earlier decision of the Department of Immigration, as shown in its statistics on people who have been declined citizenship, where the term 'Ustasha activities' is used? Does the AttorneyGeneral accept the fact that that designation or the designation 'Croation Revolutionary Brotherhood' does imply that there is nefarious activity by people of the Right? Am I to understand that, in the welter of material that has flowed to the AttorneyGeneral, there are no allegations that people in the Yugoslav community have been pressured by elements of the far Right? In essence, he has claimed that the only complaints are from people alleging pressures from Yugoslav diplomatic sources.


Senator GREENWOOD - As to the first part of the honourable senator's question, I am not in a position to give him an answer. It is essentially a matter for the Minister for Immigration to ascertain this information from his records. As to the second aspect of the question, what I said a little while ago - I think that is what he is referring to - is that I believe, from what 1 have been told, that a fear is held by those who are non-political or on the Left, so to speak, regarding extremists on the Right, and that a fear is held by those who may be inclined to favour Croatian independence of what action may come from the Left. I do not want to suggest otherwise.







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