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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 908

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

My question is directed to the AttorneyGeneral. Has the Attorney-General seen a statement attributed to the Queensland Police Commissioner that he believes that the bombings in Sydney might have been the work of the Croatian Revolutionary Brotherhood? Was the Queensland Police Commissioner involved in a close examination of the work of the Brotherhood when he was the Commonwealth Police Commissioner? Does the Attorney-General still say that there is no evidence of the existence in Australia of a Croatian liberation movement?

Senator GREENWOOD - Having regard to the way in which Senator Douglas McClelland framed his question and having regard also to a certain looseness in newspaper accounts of things I have said in the last day or two, one must be very careful how one responds. I notice that Senator Douglas McClelland did ' not talk about any terrorist organisation; he talked about the Croatian Revolutionary Brotherhood and the Croatian liberation movement. That there has been a Croatian Revolutionary Brotherhood - I think its initials are HRB - in Australia in times past is undisputed, but I understand that its activities nowadays are minimal. As to whether there is a Croatian liberation movement, I do not doubt that there are are bodies of that name. I am not sure from recollection whether there is a body of that name in Australia, but the fact that there was such a body would not make it a terrorist organisation. In the circumstances, I am not able to say whether there is a movement. But I stand by what I said to Senator Douglas McClelland or whoever asked the question earlier about what the evidence had revealed prior to my Press statement in July as to whether there was any evidence of a terrorist organisation.

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