Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Prevention of crime international conference



Download PDFDownload PDF

7.

l e g a l a u t h o r i t y

TRANSFER TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA

The Attorney-General, Senator Lionel Murphy,

Q.C., announced today that Papua New Guinea would assume

responsibility for its courts and legal functions from

January 30, 1975.

He said that last month the House of Assembly

had approved the Papua New Guinea Government request for

the transfer of responsibility. ,

At the time of Papua New Guinea’s self-government

these matters remained reserved to Australia in accordance

with Papua New Guinea wishes.

Senator Murphy said that until Independence the

Papua New Guinea Supreme- Court would remain constituted

under the Papua New Guinea Act.

However functions, which had previously been

assigned to the Governor-General, such as appointment of

judges, would be exercised by the High Commissioner of

Papua New Guinea.

Senator Murphy said that the Governor-General

had instructed the High Commissioner to act on the advice

of the Papua New Guinea Government in exercising these

functions.

Canberra

January 29, 1975

7/75 ‘ ,

PREVENTION OF CRIME

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

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

will open a special Regional Preparatory Meeting on Crime

8.

Prevention and the Treatment of Offenders in Canberra on

Tuesday.

The conference, which will open at 2 p.m. at the

Australian Institute of Criminology, Phillip, will end on

January 31.

It will consider an agenda to be submitted to

the Fifth United Nations Congress on Crime to be held in

Toronto in September.

The Regional conferences have already been held

in Asia, Latin America and Europe.

The Canberra sessions will be attended by represĀ­

entatives from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea,

Fiji, Tonga, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and the Philippines.

Ministers, Judges, academics, as well as senior representatives

from Australian and State Government Departments will be

present.

The meeting will consider changes in Forms and

Dimensions of Criminality; Criminal Legislation, Judicial

Procedures and other Forms of Social Control in the

Prevention of Crime; Emerging Roles of the Police and

Other Law Enforcement Agencies; Treatment of Offenders, in

Custody or in the Community and the Economic and Social

Consequences of Crime.

Canberra

January 24, 1975

8/75 .

CHAIRMAN OF LAW REFORM

COMMISSION APPOINTED

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

today announced the appointment of Mr. Justice Michael Donald

Kirby as the first Chairman of the Australian Law Reform

Commission.