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Thursday, 17 December 1992
Page: 5270


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

  That the Senate—

  (a)condemns the comments made by the Opposition spokesperson (Mr Jim Carlton) on the 7.30 Report on 11 June 1992 when he called the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) an `unnecessary overhead in our society' when `it's a question of trying to reduce the size of government and cut the expenditure on government by $4 billion' in attempting to justify why the Coalition's Fightback! package includes the abolition of the institute;

  (b)applauds the work done by the AIC over the past 20 years in:

    (i)monitoring the wide variety of crimes committed in Australia and researching their underlying causes,

    (ii)collecting, compiling and interpreting national correctional statistics, and

    (iii)researching white collar and corporate crime, prison forecasting and crime victimisation;

  (c)acknowledges the work done by the AIC in the region and throughout the world; and

  (d)thanks the AIC for this enormous and highly valued work which is provided at a cost of only $4 million a year

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