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The Attorney-General said that because the States

were as vitally interested in the membership of the High Court as the/ Commonwealth was, he had undertaken to consult with the States before each appointment was made.

i . These consultations had taken place before the

last appointment was made and the new legislation would contain an appropriate provision to allow such consultations

to continue.

Senator Durack said he hoped to be able to

introduce the legislation early in the Budget Session.

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REVIEW OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY LAWS COMPLETED

The Attorney-General, Senator Peter Durack, O.C., said today that a joint review of public assembly laws in the States and Territories with the Western" Australian Attorney-General, Mr Ian Medcalf, O.C., had been held

yesterday and today following preliminary meetings between Federal and State officers last week.

Senator Durack said he and Mr Medcalf had been

requested to make the review by the Prime Minister and the Premier of Western Australia.

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As a result of these discussions a paper was being

prepared which dealt with :-

. A review of the current laws of the

Commonwealth, the States and the Northern Territory relating to public assembly:

. An examination of the Western Australian law

dealing with public assemblies prior to the 1976 amending legislation (Police Act Amendment Act 1976) and the manner of implementation of

that law; and

. An examination of the implementation of Western Australian law. since the 1976 amending legislation.

Mr Medcalf would be presenting this paper to the Western Australian Government as soon as it had been completed. . ,

Senator Durack said he would

discussions to the Federal Government.

be reporting the

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