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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1136

Senator WILLESEE - Following Senator Webster's question I ask the AttorneyGeneral: Is he aware that currently attending outside institutions in Western Australia, such as the Perth Technical School, for periods of instruction, are at least 15 people? Is he aware that since 1970 at least 60 persons have been allowed to attend outside institutions? Is he also aware that Gary Cook is the only prisoner at present attending the University of Western Australia for periods of instruction but is not, however, the first prisoner to attend that University in this manner? If the Minister has not informed himself of these circumstances, will he accept my assertions in this matter?

Senator GREENWOOD - I do not have any occasion to accept or to deny Senator Willesee's assertions. Amongst the facts which Mr Stubbs related to me was that at this time about 20 prisoners throughout the State have been granted study facilities similar to those granted to Mr Cook. The only point I have made is that the study leave of Mr Cook was not approved by the Classification Committee before it occurred. As I have already indicated, if study leave is being granted to these people it is contrary to the regulations of Western Australia which do not permit such study leave

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