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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1443

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of certain citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That we are greatly concerned with the extent to which serious crime including murder, major drug financing and massive tax frauds have penetrated into the highest levels of Australian society, as shown by the investigations of various Royal Commissioners, and in particular by Mr Frank Costigan, Q.C.

That we are concerned that the National Crime Authority has too many restrictions and possible lines of veto placed upon it for it to be an effective substitute to the Costigan inquiry and this will allow major criminals to avoid prosecution.

Your petitioners humbly pray that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia negotiate urgently with the Victorian Government on the reactivation of the Costigan Commission and extend its terms to at least 31 March 1985 and also provide the Costigan Commission with whatever resources it may need to successfully conclude its investigations into organised crime in Australia and further that the issue of organised crime in Australia is so important that the Parliament should not be dissolved until at least the interim Costigan Report has been received and fully debated in both Houses of the Parliament.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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