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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1885

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the AttorneyGeneral whether he has investigated the report that a magistrate, an officer of the Commonwealth, suggested in court that a police constable should have fired a shotgun at a group of Aborigines. If the Attorney-General has already investigated the matter, will he tell the Senate what he can about it? If he has not, can he tell us, without coming to any conclusions about the matter, what is the tenure of magistrates in that position and what are the procedures in the case of some misconduct by a magistrate? Will he do so, as I said, without coming to any conclusion one way or the other in this particular matter unless he has investigated it and is in a position to say what the facts are?

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