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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 894

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) - Is the AttorneyGeneral aware that the Croation Liberation Movement magazine 'Spremnost' makes reference in its columns to the Ustasha and has frequently written commendatory articles about its activities both in and out of Yugoslavia? Is he aware that the editor of this journal is a leader of the Croatian Liberation Movement in Australia and also a prominent member of the Liberal Party Migrant Advisory Council in New South Wales? Is the Minister also aware that another senior member of the Croatian Liberation Movement, a senior public servant, Mr Kokic, is employed by the Department of Labour and National Service Employment Counselling Service in Mebourne? If so, what does the Minister propose to do about these people who are openly and actively associated with the Croatian Liberation Movement?

Senator GREENWOOD - Generally speaking, I am unaware of the matters which the honourable senator has mentioned, although I am aware of the exisence of journals such as the one to which he referred and at least one of the names which he mentioned. I am very cautious in responding to a question of this character because I do not know whether there are facts which sustain the honourable senator's question. I feel that we must always be cautious not to impute guilt or blame in circumstances where there is no evidence to warrant it. I think the appropriate course is for me to ask him to put the question on notice. I will examine the facts and I will give him the answer that those facts require.

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