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Wednesday, 2 April 1980
Page: 1326

Senator BUTTON (VICTORIA) -Has the AttorneyGeneral considered the recommendations of the Williams Royal Commission of Inquiry into drugs in relation to matters such as telephone interception and the suggestions made by the royal commission on the civil liberties aspects which should apply in legislation such as the telephone interception legislation? Does the AttorneyGeneral agree that the Williams Royal Commission advocated a very similar view to that put by the Opposition in debates relating to the telephone communications interception legislation last year? What action does the AttorneyGeneral propose to take on the recommendations of the royal commission in respect of those matters?

Senator DURACK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Attorney-General) -The Government, when it tabled the report of the royal commission and made a statement in relation to it, indicated that consideration in detail of the very great number of recommendations made by the commission was an on-going matter. I have not yet considered the recommendations made in relation to the matters raised by Senator Button. Legislation in relation to those matters was before the Parliament last year and there was extensive debate in relation to it. The Government's views were acceptable to the Parliament, even though the Government may have been criticised in some respects by the Opposition. However, I certainly will consider the Williams Royal Commission recommendations in relation to those areas. As I said, I have not yet done so.

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