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Wednesday, 30 October 1974
Page: 2114


Senator GIETZELT - Has the AttorneyGeneral noted the remarks made by Mr Justice Head in Sydney last week in sentencing Jacob Suljak, Tomo Juricic and Ante Lasic? Is it a fact that these Croatian extremists have been recommended for deportation? Is this the second occasion on which New South Wales judges have recommended their deportation? Were these 3 terrorist persons named in the AttorneyGeneral 's report on Croatian terrorism in February 1973? Have 2 juries and judges found them guilty of violent behaviour? Is the AttorneyGeneral able to say why the previous Government rejected the advice of the judge and the recommendation of the Commonwealth Commissioner of Police in 1969?


Senator MURPHY - I am aware of what was stated by the judge. I have some note of it. He said:

Suljak, Juricic and Lasic have shown themselves to be quite unacceptable as continuing residents in this country. They have not shown any desire or made any move to become true citizens of Australia and to place allegiance to Australia ahead of their allegiance to Croatia. They have shown little respect for our laws whilst taking advantage of everything this country has to offer. I recommend that they be deported before they are permitted to go free again in this community.

It is true that Suljak was gaoled in South Australia in June 1969 for a period of 9 months for 2 brutal assaults. There were some other convictions. In the particular matter to which the honourable senator refers, there was a conviction of the persons either earlier this year or at the end of last year. After they had served some time in prison an appeal was lodged. As I understand the position- I am not quite sure of this- on some technical legal ground of admission of evidence the convictions were set aside and re-trial was ordered. It was on this re-trial that the jury again convicted them and the judge sentenced them to terms of imprisonment taking into account the previous time that had been served by them in prison. I think it was as early as 1 1 November 1969 that the Commissioner of the Commonwealth Police Force recommended that Suljak be deported because of his record of crimes of violence. All of these persons were associated in some executive degree with the United Croats of West Germany which, as the honourable senator and others would be aware, was dealt with in a statement made by me in the Senate, and which I think is accepted generally as being a terrorist organisation.







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