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Thursday, 29 October 1970

Mr HUGHES - Yes. my attention has been drawn to the journal 'Resist' to which the honourable member has referred. The statement to which the honourable member has referred is one to which several members of this Parliament are purported to have subscribed. T have considered the statement and I would say that the substance of it is as was described by the honourable member in his question. It offers encouragement, or so it would appear, to people defying the National Service Act by offering them assistance in employment and sustenance. .1 have formed a certain view upon the statement. The Solicitor-General also has considered the statement and has formed a view upon it. I have taken the course of submitting the statement to a senior counsel practising at the Victorian bar to have the benefit of his view as to whether the tendency of the statement is to incite people contrary to section 7A of the Crimes Act. When 1 have received advice from senior counsel and compare it with the views of myself and the Solicitor-General, I shall decide whether investigations should be undertaken with a view possibly to instituting a prosecution. If the advice of senior counsel goes a certain way and if the investigations that I would then put in train lead to the establishment of the necessary evidence I should anticipate commencing a prosecution.

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