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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1196


Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Has the Minister noted that the United States of America has called on the United Nations to convene a world conference early next year to adopt a convention on the prevention and punishment of international terrorism? In view of the serious growth of violence and terrorism in all nations throughout the world, and in order that the Australian public should be fully informed on all aspects of this grave problem, will the Federal Government consider the early establishment of a major study group on the subject bringing together representatives of all levels of government, law enforcement, civil and military defence authorities, academics and representatives of industry, commerce and the trade union movement? Since every member of the community is potentially threatened by this growing menace, and since the aid and understanding of all law abiding citizens must be sought to combat it, will the Government actively seek the advice and cooperation of the community as a whole, informing the Australian people as far as possible of the true nature of the problem?


Senator WRIGHT - We would recognise that the honourable senator appropriately calls attention to this matter which has attained such significance that now, on the initiative of the United States of America, it is under international attention. The suggestion that the honourable senator makes is for the establishment of a major study group which, without consideration, if I may say so, but responding spontaneously, I believe is a contribution to the formation of national thinking on this subject. A major national study conference of law enforcement authorities, defence authorities, academics, representatives of trade unions and commerce, and responsible citizens, I believe, could give a valuable guide. I shall submit the suggestion to the Minister in that sense for consideration.







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