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The Attorney-General added that the amendments to

the Ordinance would also increase the civil jurisdiction of

the Court of Petty Sessions in most matters, other than

the Small Claims Jurisdiction, from $1,000 to $2,500.

The last increase in this jurisdiction was made in

1969. . .

Mr Ellicott said that the notification of the making

of the Ordinance was given in a Special Gazette published today.

Canberra .

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The Standing Committee of Federal and _______ State Attomeys-Generai _____

The Standing Committee of Federal and State Attomeys-

Generai meeting in Canberra today discussed preliminary

arrangements for the Sixth United Nations Congress on the

Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders.

The Congress which will be the largest United Nations

meeting to be held in Australia, will take place at the Opera

House in Sydney in 1980.

Between 1500 and 2000 visitors, including Ministers,

judges, academic and other leading figures in the fields of law,

criminology, police, social welfare and related disciplines

would be attending the Congress. . '

·' It was considered that during the period of the

Congress, the Australian criminal justice laws and practices

would be under scrutiny by those attending the Congress.

The Committee agreed that there may be a need to update some

of the present laws and practices and that some of the

Australian programmes and achievements should be brought to .

the attention of the Congress participants. .

Drafts of papers relevent to the topics to be

considered at the Congress were considered by the Committee

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today. These papers covered corporate and white collar crime

and Sentencing in Australia.

The Ministers asked that more detailed papers on

these topics be prepared and presented to the next meeting. ,

A particular area of concern was that of uniform

crime statistics. It was considered that unless urgent steps

were taken to begin assembling uniform statistics, there

would be no national indicators to present to the Congress.

The Committee will continue its discussions tomorrow.

The Chairman of the Standing Committee, the Federal

Attorney-General Mr R. J. Ellicott, Q.C., welcomed the New

Zealand Minister for Justice Mr D. S. Thomson to the Standing

Committee. The other Ministers attending were: .

Mr Haddon Storey, Q.C., Attorney-General of Victoria;

Mr W. D. Lickiss, Attorney-General.of Queensland;

. Mr I. G. Medcalf, Attorney-General of Western Australia;

Mr B. K. Miller, Attorney-General of Tasmania;

Ms Elizabeth Andrew, Cabinet Member for Law in the

Northern Territory;

Mr K. Downs, Under Secretary of Justice, represented

the Attorney-General of New South Wales;

M/s M. Doyle represented the Attorney-General for

South Australia. · '

Canberra

March 24, 1977

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The Standing Committee of Federal and ________ State Attomeys-General______

A joint Federal-State Committee was established

today to examine alternative solutions to the Constitutional