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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 892

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Attorney-General. I ask: Is it a fact that there have been incidents in recent months in the Painters and Dockers Union in Victoria involving murder, attempted murder, violence and unexplained disappearances of union members? Are these very serious matters the subject of investigation by Commonwealth authorities as well as the State police? Is the Attorney-General in a position to make a statement on this matter? If .not, will he do so in the near future?

Senator GREENWOOD - I think we are all aware that there have been a number of alarming incidents involving members of the Painters and Dockers Union and that there is a lot of speculation as to the reasons for these incidents; Unfortunately there, as in other areas, without community co-operation and people willing to provide information it is difficult to apprehend the persons who may be charged with the commission of these offences. It is a problem of police investigation. As far as I am aware the Victoria Police have been investigating these matters assiduously. I am not able to say positively that the Commonwealth Police are not assisting in these matters but this is essentially a matter for State Police investigation because the incidents have occurred in Victoria and they would appear to constitute breaches of State law. I know that there is an effective working liaison between the State police forces and the Commonwealth Police. I am sure that in this' area as in other areas any information which the Commonwealth Police can supply is supplied in the hope that it would be of assistance. Likewise, responses from State police forces are received.

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