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Tuesday, 23 February 1971

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Works) - Yes, I have seen a copy of the publication to which the honourable senator referred. 1 have no information as to the attitude of students towards it. I shall ascertain from the Minister for Education and Science whether funds acquired compulsorily from students support the publication. I notice in this morning's Press that Sir John Crawford made a statement on law enforcement on the university campus. That seems to me to be a proper recognition of the obligation of civil authorities to enforce the law on or off the campus. I would refrain from adopting the honourable senator's description of the publication, not because I disagree with his description but because, with the probability of a court prosecution, it would be better to refrain from categorising the publication in any way. The responsibility for law enforcement with regard to indecent publications in the Australian Capital Territory is, I think, the responsibility of my colleague the Minister for the Interior, through the Canberra Police. The honourable senator, I think, will be encouraged by the reminder that in today's 'Daily Telegraph' there is a report that police are investigating this publication already. For my part, I would invite the honourable senator to ensure that a copy of this publication is officially brought to the knowledge of the Commissioner of Police to prevent any possibility of its nol being dealt with properly.

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