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Tuesday, 27 May 1969

Senator WRIGHT - lt will be recalled that at the commencement of question time today I was asked by Senator Ormonde whether the Government was proposing to lay charges. My reply was quite precisely to say that to discuss that matter now would be both premature and improper. I am aware that one abstains out of a sense of fairness and justice from making any statement that might be prejudicial to the case of. a person who possibly will be accused of an offence. In view of the fact that a series of questions implying a defence of Mr Newton have been asked, when one recalls that Mr Newton has resorted to the country's Press and television to denigrate and disparage law enforcement, it may be claimed that my statement today was anything but prejudicial. I would have thought thai it was an impartial, if strong, statement of the rights which the Government has to uphold the law on behalf of the Australian community.

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