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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1135

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the AttorneyGeneral inform the Senate as far as he can just what has happened in relation to the sending of explosive material through the mails and what steps are being taken by the Commonwealth in order to prevent any deaths or injuries? Of course, I do not ask for the precise technical details. But could he tell us what steps are being taken to protect the public and to put an end to this outrageous invention?

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - I think that al) honourable senators will accept that if persons overseas are proposing to send these explosives into Australia in the way in which they have been sent in recent times, the activities of the Australian authorities must be directed to the detection of them in Australia. I feel that we have to face up to the fact that there are people in the world who will use this device. I know that in the light of events which had been occurring overseas the Postmaster-General took certain steps last week. Possibly, following from those steps or possibly because of the alertness of the persons concerned, bombs were detected. There has been a surveillance arranged by the PostmasterGeneral which is designed to check what is coming in with a view to ensuring that as far as humanly possible these devices can be detected. It stands out that there are certain ready means which can be used with a view to checking. I think that probably the less publicity given to them the better. I will take up the points raised in the honourable senator's question with the Postmaster-General. At a Press conference last night he indicated what had been done and what was being proposed to be done. If he feels that there can be any elaboration of what was then said and what I have said today, I am sure that he will supply it.

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