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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1889


Senator GREENWOOD - I reject the latter part of what the honourable senator said insofar as there is an imputation that the Government in some way is prepared to condone lawless activities by persons he describes as being of the far Right. That is an accusation which has been made constantly without a shred of evidence to back it. I have said, and I say again, that where there is evidence of wrongdoing which will enable a prosecution to be brought, then so far as the Commonwealth is concerned - in this area I think I can speak for all the State police forces also - those prosecutions will be brought. We have in this country a system under which people will not be brought before the courts unless there is evidence to sustain the charges which take them before the courts. Whilst there have been within the general Yugoslav community instances of lawlessness and violence in times past, the police have not been able to identify the individuals responsible. Until such information is available all I can say is that one cannot, in a general sweeping condemnation, accuse a community or a group of being responsible. In those circumstances what was said about Mr Rover is a matter essentially within the ambit of the Department of Immigration. It is in the area where the Minister who administers the Passports Act has recently taken action. I shall refer the honourable senator's questions in that respect to the Minister for Immigration.







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