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Tuesday, 12 November 1985
Page: 1962


Senator REYNOLDS —Is the Minister representing the Attorney-General aware that, despite a Queensland magistrate's ruling this morning that Senator Georges was to be released on unconditional bail, Queensland police for a second time attempted to impose fingerprinting as a condition of that bail and there was a further referral within the Police Department before Senator Georges was finally released? Can the Minister comment on this extraordinary chain of events, which seems to suggest that the Queensland Government is prepared to flout even its own legal system to victimise its political opponents?


Senator GARETH EVANS —I am afraid that I have no information on the matters to which Senator Reynolds refers. I am entirely willing to accept her description of the course of events as extraordinary. That would be a highly usual description for things that happen in Queensland, and it is usually an appropriate one. I will see what further information I can establish on this matter. To the extent that it bears upon the position of a member of this place, it would seem to be a proper matter of concern for this place even if the domestic criminal law in Queensland is otherwise a matter for the State's jurisdiction.