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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 894

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -

Can the Attorney-General say whether any Commonwealth police are involved in the investigations that are taking place in connection with the terrorist bomb attacks in Sydney during the last few days? If so, have any further details been supplied to the Attorney-General as a result of those investigations about which he might be able to inform the Senate? Does the Minister still maintain that there is no organised Ustasha terrorist organisation or Croatian Liberation Movement in Australia?

Senator GREENWOOD - The investigations into the incidents in Sydney are being carried out by the State police of New South Wales. The Commonwealth police, as far as I am aware, are not directly involved in those investigations although they are in close co-operation with the Sydney police and they have their own avenues of investigation which they have been exploring. I do not propose to give any more details than that on that aspect of the question. As to whether or not 1 still maintain that there is no Ustasha terrorist Croatian liberation movement in Australia, I think the honourable senator is aware that I stated in late July, after intensive investigations had been made into allegations that there was a Croatian terrorist organisation in Australia, that the police investigations, State and Commonwealth, had revealed no credible evidence that such a terrorist organisation existed. As far as the incidents on Saturday are concerned, one must surely await the outcome of police investigations before expressing any judgment on whether or not that will alter a view which was formed after evidence has been sifted and allegations investigated in July. I think that is the prudent course to take. We do not know who planted this bomb.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Bombs.

Senator GREENWOOD - We do not know who planted those bombs. We do not know what the motivation was. and until we have that report, I believe one should not pass judgment, one way or the other, on what happened in Sydney. Let us hope that the police investigations will be completed as soon as possible. 1 understand that the police in New South Wales are following certain leads and are hopeful that they will have some resolution of this ) matter in the not too distant future.

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