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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1378

Senator COLEMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is addressed to the Attorney-General. He has already been made aware by questions in this chamber of the iniquitous Fuel, Energy and Power Resources Act Amendment Bill at present before the Western Australian Parliament. Is he also aware that approximately 14,000 people demonstrated against this Bill in Perth on Thursday of last week? Will the Attorney-General advise, in view of those two statements, whether he and /or members of his Department have examined this Bill to ensure that the United Nations Charter on Human and Civilian Rights has not been contravened by any section of the Bill?

Senator MURPHY - I am aware that a great deal of concern has been expressed about this legislation in Western Australia. I know that the bodies involved in the law have been concerned about it. I have received some correspondence from them. I know that ordinary citizens are concerned. It seems that some of those who contend that the common law will solve all problems and that no question of human rights or civil liberties can possibly arise in Australia will be shocked when they become conversant with the legislation to which the honourable senator refers. I will certainly have it examined from the viewpoint of its consistency with the United Nations conventions on political and civil rights.

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