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Sinclair condemns government's refusal to prosecute NSW premier Mr Wran

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The Acting Opposition Leader, Ian Sinclair, today condemned

the Government's refusal to prosecute the NSW Premier, Mr

Wran, over his comments on the Murphy case.

Mr Sinclair said that in making the decision, the Attorney-

General, Mr Bowen, had gone against the recommendation of

the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Temby.

"Mr Bowen's decision is unprecedented," Mr Sinclair said.

"The whole purpose of appointing a Director of Public

Prosecutions was to remove any suspicion of political

intervention from this sphere of justice.

"If Mr Temby believed Mr Wran's comments prejudiced the

likelihood of a fair trial for Mr Justice Murphy, Mr

Bowen should have accepted that view and acted on it.

"Political bias in the administration of the law in New

South Wales has long been the subject of suspicion. . ' , , ■ t ■ .

"The last thing a Federal Attorney-General should be doing

is putting himself in the position where he risks being

tainted with the same brush.

"It is Mr Bowen's duty to accept Mr Temby's recommendation,

especially as Mr Wran is a close political colleague and a

QC who should have been aware of the implications of his

remarks," Mr Sinclair said.


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