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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 452

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 22 May 1980:

(1)   Did Australian Federal Police officers arrest a John Everett Bracey in a departure lounge at Sydney International Airport, New South Wales, on 25 October 1 975.

(2)   Is he able to state whether Mr Bracey was found guilty by a jury on 3 April 1979 and sentenced to 4 years imprisonment, with a non-parole period expiring on 3 November 1979.

(3)   Is he further able to state whether Mr Bracey's passport had been (a) taken from him and (b) was returned to him; if so, on what dates.

Mr John McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Mr Braceywas detained by members of the former Commonwealth Police at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith Airport on 25 October 1975, and later given into the custody of the New South Wales State Police.

(2)   The matter is within the jurisdiction of the New South Wales State authorities.

(3)   See answer to (2). Mr Bracey does not hold an Australian passport.

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