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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 1391

Senator GREENWOOD -My question is directed to the Attorney-General. I recall the Attorney-General's attention to questions asked by me on 26 and 27 September. On each occasion he informed me that he could not then answer the questions but would make inquiries and let me know the result. Before the month is out I therefore ask him the following question again: On whose authority are Commonwealth Police repaying the amount of fines imposed on persons convicted of offences against laws of this country during political demonstrations held before this Government came into power? Upon what grounds are the repayments being made?

Senator MURPHY - I did have a report prepared. I had it with me on several occasions but the matter did not arise then. I can get it this afternoon and inform the Senate of the details. Broadly speaking, many fines were dealt with in accordance with the Government's statement. Where fines had been paid before 2 December, the date of the election, I think they were not repaid. Where they had been paid after that date, I think they were repaid. There was some break-off date and where amounts had fallen after that date, this procedure was carried out with some consistency. Some fines were repaid. I will get the details for the honourable senator, because they are in my office.

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