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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1946

Senator Greenwood asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

What are the terms and conditions, fixed by the AttorneyGeneral and applicable to each State, on which the Government is providing a sum of $2m for legal aid.

Senator Murphy - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The Australian Government approved a grant of $2m to be made to State Governments on a per capita basis to supplement the legal aid services in the States and to be expended in a manner to be approved by the Attorney-General.

In response to a request by me, the State Attorneys-General submitted proposals for approval concerning the manner in which the respective grants would be applied.

I approved the expenditure of the grants on the following terms and conditions:

In each case the grant was to be paid to the State concerned to be used to supplement existing legal aid schemes.

Proper accounts were to be kept of the federal funds expended for the purpose of accounting to the Australian Parliament for the moneys granted.

Except in the case of New South Wales, aid was to be granted in federal matters including matrimonial causes matters on the same terms and conditions as aid was granted under the State Schemes.

In the case of New South Wales, at the request of the Law Society and the State Government, no condition was imposed concerning aid in Federal matters. The Society and the State Government advised that aid would be granted in federal matters, except matrimonial causes matters, on the same terms and conditions as aid was granted under the State scheme in matrimonial causes matters, a contribution not exceeding $100 would be imposed upon a person eligible for aid in civil matters under the Legal Assistance Act; persons not eligible under the Legal Assistance Act but eligible under the Society's Legal Act Scheme would be required to pay a contribution not less than $ 100 and not more than $200.

Raids upon Croatians (Question No. 277)

Senator McManus asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many homes were raided in Sydney in the last series of raids upon Croatians.

(2)   How many charges were laid as a result.

(3)   How many of the charges referred to activity of a political character.

(4)   How many of the Croatians concerned had property confiscated.

(   5 ) In how many cases has the property not been returned.

(6)   Why has such property not been returned.

Senator Murphy - I am advised that the answer to the honourable Senator's question is as follows:

(1)   58 premises were searched by the New South Wales and Commonwealth Police Forces on 1 April 1973.

(2)   25 charges were laid.

(   3 ) The charges were of a criminal nature.

(4)   68 persons had property seized.

(5)   The bulk of the property seized has been returned; however, some material from 35 persons is still retained.

(6)   In some cases there has been difficulty in contacting some owners of property. In many cases the - material is being retained either as evidence in relation to the possible commission of offences against the Crimes Act 1 9 1 4- 1 973 or for the purpose of further investigation as to the possible commission of such offences.

National Anthem

Senator Murphy - On 8 November 1973, Senator Lillico asked a question without notice concerning the exclusion of 'God Save the Queen' from the list of songs in the poll to determine a new National Anthem for Australia. The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I refer the honourable senator to my answer to a question without notice on 7 November 1973 (House of Representatives Hansard p. 2881).

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