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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 2103

Mr Donald Cameron (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General whether his attention has been drawn to recently expressed views that there is good ground for saying that our criminal law urgently needs a major overhaul and that thought should be given to a royal commission on crime and punishment. Is the Minister inclined to agree that the law is heavily weighted against the poor and uneducated and in favour of white collar criminals, and that this in itself is enough reason for us to take the comments of Mr Justice Fox very seriously?

Mr SINCLAIR - I think every member of this Parliament is wise enough to take any statement by the judiciary seriously. I think the point to which the honourable gentleman's question refers is one which needs to be examined in the light of the Changing circumstances of our time. Predominantly the responsibility for implementing the results of Mr Justice Fox's recommendations lies not merely with the Federal Parliament and Federal Government tout also with State governments as most

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