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Thursday, 15 November 1973

Senator Hannan asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is it a fact that recently the present Government knowingly admitted into Australia without question a Communist terrorist, Tariq Ali.

(2)   Did Tariq Ali come to Australia to raise money for terrorist activities, possibly connected with the Black September Movement.

(3)   Is it a fact that the Government is now acutely aware of the possibility of Black September action being taken against the lives of such distinguished personages as the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General and Dr M. Cass.

(4)   Will the Attorney-General re-assure the Senate that appropriate actions have been taken to protect these persons, though not necessarily using a helicopter gunship to do so, as was the case during the visit to Australia of the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, Mr Bijedic.

Senator Murphy - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Tariq Ali visited Australia recently. The admission of persons to Australia is, however, a matter falling within the jurisdiction of the Minister for Immigration, not the Attorney-General. I believe that the purpose of the visit was to deliver lectures and I have no information that would suggest that Tariq Ali is a terrorist or has any connection with the Black September Movement.

(3)   and (4) The Government is aware of the dangers of terrorist activities in Australia and together with other Governments has taken measures to guard against them.

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