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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 597


Senator CAVANAGH - My question is addressed to the Leader of the Government in his capacity as Minister representing the Prime Minister. Was the recommendation for the granting posthumously of the George Cross award to the late Errol John Emanuel, previously District Commissioner for the East New Britain District of Papua New Guinea, and the release by the Prime Minister of a Press statement on 17th January 1972 on the granting of the award for the fine courageous life of the deceased, a proper action in view of the fact that 18 New Guinea natives were facing trial for having murdered that person? Could not such a statement as 'he' - meaning the deceased - never wavered from his task, choosing to expose himself to danger rather than risk the lives of his fellow officers and the police, culminating in his ultimate death on 9th August 1971 while carrying out his official duties', a statement which was contained in the Press release, have the effect of being prejudicial to the accused, particularly if their defence was one of provocation or self-defence?


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON -

In this context, where there has been a posthumous award to the relatives of a person who has earned one of the highest orders that any man can hope to achieve, I shall not reflect on the question. I shall say no more about it.







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