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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 8

Senator MURPHY(New South Wales-

Leader of the Opposition) - Mr President, I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

That there be referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence the following matters for urgent inquiry and report:

(a)   Complaints by the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia that there are in Australia bases, training ranges, storage places for weapons and diversionist material for criminal activity against Yugoslavia' and that the Australian Government 'has tolerated migrants engaged in terrorist activity against Yugoslavia' and that Australia has not adhered to international law in regard to terrorist activity.

(b)   Whether there have been or are in Australia extremist or terrorist elements engaged in violence or other illegal activity directed against representatives or property of the Yugoslav Government in Australia.

(c)   Whether persons in Australia have engaged in training or preparation for or been in any way party to terrorist or attempted terrorist activity in Yugoslavia.

(d)   Whether the Australian authorities have taken sufficient steps to discourage, prevent, investigate and prosecute offences in relation to such activities.

(e)   Whether, in relation to Yugoslavia, Australia has failed to observe the requirements of international law and the comity between nations in respect of terrorist activity.

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