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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 913

Senator CANT (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question, addressed to the Attorney-General, arises out of an answer that he just gave in which he referred to the Australian Labor Party being able to assist in the regulation of the National Service Act. Did the Minister pay a visit to Western Australia last week7

During the course of that visit did he address a meeting at the University of Western Australia? During the course of that address did a number of young people stand up and indicate that they were not conforming with the National Service Act? Did 2 of those young people give their full names and addresses to the Attorney-General? If so, what action has he taken to enforce the Act?

Senator GREENWOOD - It is a fact that I went to Western Australia and enjoyed myself last week. It is a fact that I delivered an address to a number of students at the University of Western Australia although I do not know whether the students were able to hear what I had to say. I understand that during the course of the address a number of young people stood up and said that they were draft resisters. Not one of those young persons approached me and gave me his name or his address. If they happened to shout these from the body of the hall I assure the honourable senator that other noises by other people would have drowned them out. I did notice, in the course of reading newspapers the following day, that one of the newspapers had been given the names of some of the people who are alleged to have stood up and I have instituted inquiries into those names to see whether in fact those persons are what they claim to be.

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