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Tuesday, 6 November 1973

Senator MURPHY - It is a fact that on Friday last 4 persons were convicted of a brutal assault which could be described only as an act of terrorism. They were Jakov Suljak, who was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months; Naate Lazic, who was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months; Tomo Juricic who was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months; and Slavco Baric, who was, I think, sentenced to 3 years and 4 months or thereabouts. Judge Hicks recommended that three, including Suljak, be deported. They are not Australian citizens. It is correct that I mentioned those 3 persons in my statement on Croatian terrorism earlier this year. It is correct that Suljak is the President of the Croatian terrorist organisation known as the United Croats of West Germany. It is correct that he has a record of particularly violent crimes. It is a fact that in November 1969 his deportation was recommended by the Commissioner of Police. The recommendation was not acted upon. I think that is a sufficient answer, except to say that the existence of this organisation was well known to the previous Government. Reports had been submitted to it not only by the Commissioner of Police but by the Department of Immigration prior to the statements that there was no credible evidence of any terrorist organisation in Australia.

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