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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 892

Senator WILLESEE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the AttorneyGeneral: In view of the trouble that the German Government has had with Croatian terrorists, what contact has the Attorney-General had with the German Government to obtain information about the operations of these terrorists?

Senator GREENWOOD - 1 know that agencies for which I am responsible have been in contact with the German Government. I recall at an earlier stage answering a question - I think it was asked by Senator Mulvihill - as to whether the procedures which have been used in West Germany for dealing with terrorism in its various forms could be applied in Australia. I supplied that answer, indicating in the course of it, as I recall, that the efforts which have been made in West Germany were not, one would say, suc cessful in preventing terrorism and acts of violence occurring in that country, lt may be that they have been successful in the sense that there could have been more violence but for the methods which have been adopted. All I can say is that we do examine the methods which other countries use and, consistent with what we regard as proper safeguards for individual rights and consonant with the maintenance of order in the public interest, we do our best in this country to ensure that activities of a terrorist nature are properly investigated.

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