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Thursday, 5 December 1985
Page: 2977


Senator MACKLIN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) noting that this week is the 40th anniversary of the opening of the prosecution case at the Nuremburg Trials at the end of World War II;

(b) rejects the defence claims that a subordinate should carry out all the orders of a superior;

(c) endorses the statement by the Chief Prosecutor, Judge Jackson, made in his opening address, that-`The common sense of mankind demands that the law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach people who possess themselves of great power and make deliberate and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched; and

(d) recognises that this statement applies as much today in a world of nuclear peril as it did 40 years ago.