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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2259

Senator Durack -On 27 March 1980 (Hansard, page 1078) Senator Mcintosh asked the Attorney-General without notice:

Will the Attorney-General determine whether any whites who received postal votes in the east Kimberley area have been questioned by the Western Australian police? If none have been interrogated, and in view of the fact that all Aboriginal postal voters have been questioned, will he guarantee that the Racial Discrimination Act will be enforced in Western Australia and that nobody, including Police Commissioner Leetch will be exempt?

I undertook then to give the honourable senator a considered reply to that question.

As the honourable senator would appreciate this is a matter that arises under the electoral laws of that State.

I am not aware of the number of persons questioned by the Western Australian police in connection with the voting for the Kimberley region nor have I been informed of any complaints made under the Racial Discrimination Act concerning the questioning of Aboriginals in connection with postal voting in the recent elections. Should any such complaints be made, they would be dealt with in accordance with the procedure of that Act.

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