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Thursday, 21 September 1972
Page: 1105

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Attorney-General. Who is in charge of investigations into the Sydney bomb outrages - the Federal or State police? How is the obvious incompatability between State and Federal approaches as evidenced by the reward offered to be resolved? What efforts can be made to ensure greater liaison between the 2 bodies so that the job can be got on with as speedily and as successfully as we would have a right to expect? Would it not be a distinct advantage to have a closer liaison at Government to Government or Minister to Minister level so that problems of this nature can be reduced to an absolute minimum?

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - -I am not aware of any defect in liaison between the State authorities and the Commonwealth authorities either at a Ministerial level or at a police level. There is every opportunity, which is availed of as needed, for the people of the States and the Commonwealth to work together. The investigations in New South Wales are being carried out by the New South Wales State police. That has been stated a number of times. It is appropriate that where there is a crime or an outrage which appears to be an offence against State law the State police should conduct the investigations. I see no difficulties or problems in that being the case.

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