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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 1370

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is on the concept of law and order, is directed to the Attorney-General. Does not he think that practice of the Croatia and JUST first division soccer clubs in Victoria playing behind closed gates is an abdication to the forces of totalitarianism? Did his officers and the Victoria Police Force offer to take up the challenge that the game should be played without people being beholden by the right wing group?

Senator GREENWOOD - I do not know the full details of the matter which has been raised by the honourable senator. I know that the feeling which has often been engendered at these soccer matches is a matter of concern. It is of a different character from the feeling which is engendered at Australian rules, football matches. That feeling leads to problems of a different character. It is a case for regret if, because of what has hapened at Yugoslav soccer matches, it has been decided that certain restrictions additional to those normally imposed have to be imposed. I would like to be - and I believe that I am - consistent in the view that I expressed namely, that fundamental to our society is a respect for the rule of law. This applies everywhere and on all occasions. I only wish that there were a greater respect for it, because if there were there would be less occasion for these things to happen.

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