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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1939

Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) - Senator Turnbull has raised issues which far tramcend the particular circumstances of recent days in which those issues have been highlighted. The question of public duty as opposed to private conscience is one of the great problems for any society. It may be that the case which Senator Turnbull espoused is the case of a man who put private conscience above all other obligations. It may be an unfortunate but neverthe less true fact of life that if you hold a position of public responsibility there must be occasions on which your private conscience must yield to your public duty. However, this gets into the broad area of which I am sure Senate Turnbull is well aware and which, I think, was implicit in the general approach he took.

I do not think that I can advance any responsive comments to what he said. This matter involves a former officer of the New South Wales Police Force. He was dealt with in accordance with processes set up under New South Wales law and he availed himself of the appeal provisions under New South Wales law. This matter does not directly affect the Commonwealth and I do not wish to make any comment on Senator Turnbull's final suggestion lest it be interpreted in a way which is not intended.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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