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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 1091

Senator CAVANAGH (South Australia) (12:16 PM) - I wish to make only a few remarks about this matter. It has arisen in a peculiar way, namely, from the discontent of Senator O'Byrne with a reply he received. We should get straight the fact that bombs were planted in Sydney obviously as reprisals against an opposing force. Personal injury and property damage resulted. This is not a normal part of Australian life and it is not something that we should condone. We are all in agreement that the culprit should be found and punished. The question arises whether terrorist organisations, about which our security force should have known, have been planning operations in Australia. If so, our security force should have stopped those organisations before the stage was reached of bombs being planted in Sydney.

Senator Carrickmay feel quite justified in his belief that complaints should not be made about this incident because while it could be claimed as having been instituted by right wing organisations, it is claimed that left wing organisations are carrying out espionage within Australia. Senator McManus has said that all groups have their own liberation fronts within Australia. I remind him that there is not a communist group in Australia about which our security organisation does not have full information. If the likelihood of violence from a group operating in Australia exists, the Commonwealth has a responsibility of ensuring that its activities do not reach the stage of violence. I rose to speak mainly because Senator Douglas McClelland was called out of the chamber. He has now returned and he will more capably carry on the argument than I can.

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