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Thursday, 29 October 1970

Mr BROWN (DIAMOND VALLEY, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Attorney-General. Has his attention been drawn to the 7th October number of Resist', a journal purporting to be the journal of the Draft Resisters Union? If so, does that issue carry a statement purporting to have been made by certain persons including four members of this Parliament and one member of another Parliament, which pledges sanctuary to all young men who defy the National Service Act courageously' as referred to in the article? Has the Attorney-General made any investigations to determine whether the publication of that statement is an offence under Commonwealth law? If so, what investigations have been made? If it appears that an offence has been committed will prosecutions be launched against the persons, including the members of Parliament, who have purportedly made this statement?

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