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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1420

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the AttorneyGeneral explain the circumstances whereby it was necessary for 16 Commonwealth policemen to carry out the recent arrest of one University of Sydney student? Is it a fact that the police entered the house of Mr Lyn Regan of Glebe at 8.30 a.m. on 2nd May 1972 by forcing open a back window, one policeman climbing through this window and opening the back door to facilitate the entry of other officers? Did all the members of this unusually large contingent of policemen have warrants to enter these premises and harass not only the accused but also his fellow residents?

Senator GREENWOOD - Without notice, I am unable to provide answers to all the many questions which are comprehended in the broad question which the honourable senator has asked. It is a fact that the Commonwealth police arrested a person who was wanted because he had been concerned - as the police were aware - in the obstruction of police in an incident at the University of Sydney on 24th April. The person who was sought to be arrested was known to the police. In the light of the knowledge which the police had it was appropriate that steps should be taken to ensure that the person could be arrested. It is a fact that in the course of the arrest taking place one policeman was injured. The person who was arrested is facing 2 charges because of the conduct in which he engaged on the day of the arrest. As to the balance of the honourable senator's question, I shall endeavour to obtain an answer for him, but I must point out that where a person has been arrested by Commonwealth police in circumstances where numbers of policemen have been involved it is merely evidence of the fact that the police were determined to get the person for whom they were seeking.

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