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Monday, 2 December 1985
Page: 2646

Senator DURACK —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Attorney- General. I refer to unfortunate remarks which were made by Premier Wran last Thursday following the decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal in regard to Mr Justice Murphy. I ask: Is the Attorney-General giving consideration to the question of whether these remarks by Mr Wran were in contempt of court and whether he or the Director of Public Prosecutions should take action against Mr Wran? If the Attorney-General is not giving consideration to that question, will he do so? If he is giving it consideration, when is he likely to announce his decision?

Senator GARETH EVANS —Given the way in which the Opposition forces conducted themselves, at least in the early stages of this matter, it is not surprising, perhaps, that people with strong views on this subject periodically react publicly in ways that are perhaps inappropriate. I think that it would be generally accepted that silence on these matters is the most appropriate course when such matters are still before the courts. I am sure that the view that has been expressed by Senator Button is one that would be shared by the Attorney-General, on whose behalf I reply to this question today. I have no further advice from him on this matter, but I will refer Senator Durack's question to him for such further comment as he might care to make.