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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1558

Senator GEORGES (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Attorney-General. Will he indicate what progress has been made with investigations of the recent bombing outrages in Sydney? Will he accept that the N.S.W. police force has now had sufficient time to carry out its investigations and to come up with a result? Will he accept that it is now time for the Commonwealth police force to act more forcibly in the matter? Will he indicate when this Parliament can expect a report on the matter?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am not in a position to say what stage the police investigations into the bomb explosions has reached. The fact, is, as I think is abundantly clear to the members of this Senate, that the investigations are being carried out by the N.S.W. police force. I am not privy to the investigations of that force, nor should I be because, essentially, the State Police Force is responsible for the investigation of crime in New South Wales. It is responsible to the Minister in the New South Wales Government. However, from time to time information is conveyed to the Commonwealth Police Force about matters in which it has an interest. At this time I am at a loss to understand what the honourable senator means when he asks that the Commonwealth police act more forcibly. I know that there is a continuing liaison and Interchange of information between the Commonwealth and New South Wales police. That will continue as it has existed in the past. As a result of what Senator Georges has asked me I shall have some inquiries made but I cannot say whether I will be able to reveal the state of police inquiries publicly because, after all, police investigations may achieve their ultimate result more effectively if the lines of inquiry which they are pursuing are not given general currency. But, as I said, I shall make inquiries and then consider the position as to whether I make a response.

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