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Thursday, 3 October 1974
Page: 1643

Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) - Has the attention of the learned Attorney-General been drawn to the scathing criticism made by Mr H. E. Cosgrove, Q.C., Tasmanian Crown Advocate, in a paper tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament on Wednesday, 21 August, concerning unfair advantages appertaining to the Commonwealth in marine courts of inquiry? If the Attorney has examined the statement will he advise the Senate of his reactions to it and state whether Mr Cosgrove 's advice to the Tasmanian Government not to take part in any future inquiries of a marine court is fair and reasonable? If the Minister thinks it is, what does he intend to do to improve the situation?

Senator MURPHY -That was a court of inquiry presided over by Mr Justice Dunphy. I have seen the report. I have not seen more than that. Anyone would be disturbed at the kind of criticism which has been made in the report. I will have the matter looked into thoroughly.

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