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The Australian Attorney-General Lionel Murphy Q.C.,

announced today that a request had been made to the Brazilian Government for the preventative detention of

Sydney lawyer Richard Glanville in relation to a charge under the Crimes Act of N.S.W. He understood that

Glanville was now in prison in Rio de Janiero. Under

. Brazilian law a period of 90 days is allowed between the

\request for preventative detention and the formal request

for extradition. ,

A senior official of the Attorney-General1s Department will be going to Brazil in connection with

Australia's application for the extradition of Glanville

and Thomas and Alexander Barton. ·

. The Bartons are wanted in New South Wales for

offences against the Companies Act. Securities Industry

Act and the Crimes Act. . "


August 9,


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1974 .



The first N.S.W. regional Australian Legal Aid

Office -- outside metropolitan Sydney -- will be opened

in Newcastle tomorrow (Friday) at 2.30 pm.

Situated in the Hunter Village, Hunter Street, the

Office will be opened by the Deputy Secretary of the

Australian Attorney-General1s Department, Mr F. J. Mahony.

He will perform the ceremony on behalf of the .

Australian Attorney-General, Senator Lionel Murphy, Q.C·

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: The Newcastle Office will have five qualified .

lawyers compared to a staff, of two lawyers in the regional

Offices opened so far in all the other States.

A spokesman for the Attorney-General's Department

said today that the extra staff of lawyers was necessary ”

to provide a service for the huge population of Newcastle

and the Hunter Valley. . .

. The purpose of setting.up the Australian Legal Aid

.^Office was to provide a "general problem solving service

of legal advice — including continuing advice for all persons with an element of financial need".

As a result, he said, it was intended that the

Office would solve the majority of problems affecting the ordinary citizen. ,

Any person in need would receive free legal advice and assistance. Litigation would be undertaken for those

people who qualified under a "means and need" test.

The spokesman said that a feature of the Australian

Legal Aid Office would be the presence of a "duty lawyer"

in the local courts of Newcastle, as well as circuit courts

in the district, to advise persons in custody on matters

of bail, adjournments and pleas of guilty. .

Newcomers to Australia, along with ex-servicemen,

those getting social service payments, aborigines - all

qualify for free advice. . '

Examples of work already carried out by the Australian

Legal Aid Office included legal advice on divorce, bankruptcy,

and hire purchase problems.

Yet another feature of the Offices, the spokesman


said, was their location in "store-front"offices in shopping

centres — without lavish surroundings.

Canberra. .

August 1, 1974 . ’

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■ The first report financed under a Research Project

funded by the Criminology Research Council has been released . today in Canberra. . ;

The 64 page Report by Mr Dennis Challinger, lecturer

in Criminology, Melbourne University deals with the Juvenile offender in Victoria.

Challinger * s Report shows an increase in the number

of juveniles receiving police attention in the twelve year

period from 1960 to 1972, when the figures rose from 4,945

to 10,265. .

It goes on to reveal that while the number of

offenders receiving police attention between 1960 and 1972

has more than doubled, the official warnings given to

juveniles in the presence of a parent or guardian has

increased at a far greater rate than have Court appearances.

The report has more than 24 tables covering the life

styles of juvenile offenders and the role played by the police

In summing up his report Mr Challinger states that he

hopes the material will assist the community in formulating

new schemes which may eventually reduce the apparently

continuing contempt for the law by juvenile offenders.

. In welcoming the Challinger Report, Mr David Biles,.

Assistant. Director (Research),. Australian Institute of

Criminology stated: '