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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 1367

Senator CAVANAGH - My question which is directed to the Attorney-General arises out of an answer given to Senator Gietzelt. Did the Attorney-General receive correspondence which was delivered to his office by myself last week in which a number of draft resisters who had failed to register thanked the Attorney-General for giving them freedom to walk around Canberra influencing other young lads to fail to register? Do the particular draft resisters receive the support of the AttorneyGeneral's Department in their present activities because of the failure of the Department to prosecute them?

Senator GREENWOOD - I recall receiving from Senator Cavanagh some sheets within the last fortnight the precise particulars of which escape my recollection. As I recall, it was a statement in which an allegation was made that a number of draft resisters were walking around Canberra free. When I receive documents of that character they are always submitted to the Commonwealth police or to the Department of Labour and National Service for investigation. On every occasion when that is done one finds tha the allegations which these people make and the stance which they adopt is not sustained. I shall illustrate this matter shortly. I was in Perth about 3 or 4 weeks ago. A number of people said at a students meeting that they had not registered and that they had not been prosecuted. One of the newspapers published their names. Those names were searched out - I have the details here if anyone wants to ask me - and it was found that some of those people are in fact registered notwithstanding that they stood up, gave their names and said that they were not prosecuted. Others are in the process of being prosecuted because of their non-registration in January this year. These are the tactics being pursued in defiance of the facts.

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