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Tuesday, 18 October 1949

Mr HOLT - Has the AttorneyGeneral examined the comments made by Mr. Justice Dwyer when pronouncing sentence upon the Communist, Sharkey? In particular has the right honorable gentleman considered the following passage which I quote from the remarks of the learned judge : -

Over the Communist party and its seditious or treasonable conspiracies, I, sitting in this Criminal Court, have neither jurisdiction nor power. lt is to the appropriate authorities that I perforce must leave the task of adequately safeguarding the community in that regard.

In view of the comments of the learned judge, does the Attorney-General, as one of the appropriate authorities to whom His Honour referred, propose to take any further measures to ensure that the public of Australia shall be adequately safeguarded?

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