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Discussions on extradition treaties

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A team of legal experts from Australia begins

an important round of discussions next week to improve Australia's extradition arrangements with overseas

countries, the Attorney-General, Senator Peter Durack,

said today.

The legal team would be led by Mr Arthur

Watson an expert in criminal and extradition law in the

Justice and Family Law Division of the

Attorney-General1s Department. It would have discussions with the Governments of West Germany, Spain and Denmark. .

Senator Durack said the Government was determined to eliminate havens overseas for Australian criminals trying to avoid the criminal justice system.

The Government had launched a programme to tighten existing arrangements, review old treaties and begin discussions with countries with which Australia did not have extradition arrangements. ,

He said Australia had inherited many treaties drawn on its behalf by the United Kingdom and many of these treaties had been negotiated last century.

The Attorney-General said the Government wished to avoid the situation where criminals could profit from their exploits by fleeing overseas and then rely on technical extradition.difficulties to prevent

their return to Australia.


Senator Durack said the discussions were expected to finalise an extradition treaty between Australia. and West Germany. Preliminary work on this

treaty had been in progress for some time.

. The proposed new treaty with Spain would

replace the present arrangements which were negotiated by the United Kingdom on Australia's behalf in 1878.

. The Australian negotiators would have initial discussions with Government officials in Copenhagen about a proposed treaty. At present Australia did not have an extradition treaty with Denmark, Senator Durack


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The Attorney-General, Senator Peter Durack,

today announced the appointment of two new members of the Family Law Council. .

They are Mr Neil John Buckley, 31, solicitor, of Brisbane and Mr Christopher Colin Creswell, 33, the senior officer responsible for Family Law in the Attorney-General1s Department, Canberra. .