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Thursday, 8 November 1973
Page: 1703

Senator Greenwood asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the Attorney-General read the report in the Sydney Sun'of 26 March 1973 that a Yugoslav journalist, Mr George Maric, has identified himself as the man who warned 'The Sun' that the Attorney-General 's life was in danger?

(2)   Is it correct, as alleged, that Mr Maric is the person who gave the warning?

(3)   Was there, in fact, basis to the warning which he gave.

(4)   Is any action proposed to be taken against Mr Maric; if so, what action?

(5)   Has Mr Marie's fear that he is about to be deported any basis?

(6)   Has Mr Maric given any information to the Commonwealth Police as to the identity of persons who, he claims, according to press reports, have purchased guns; if so, what action have the Commonwealth Police taken with respect to the allegations?

Senator Murphy - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Yes. I am advised that the answers to the rest of the question are as follows:

(2)   and (3) Yes.

(4)   and (5) No.

(6)   Such a question is inappropriate for answer.

Commonwealth Police: Reported Raids on Croatian Homes (Question No. 151)

Senator Greenwood asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Did Commonwealth police, as reported in the press, make early morning raids on Croatian homes in Canberra; if so, how many homes were raided.

(2)   When was each raid made.

(3)   For what were the police searching.

(4)   Did the police find what they were searching for.

(5)   Was any, and, if so, what, property or possessions were seized.

(6)   Did the police have search warrants; if so, what were the reasonable grounds on which the applications for search warrants were made.

(7)   Was the Attorney-General aware that raids were to be made before they were actually made.

(8)   Was the Attorney-General satisfied that applications for search warrants were properly made in accordance with law.

(9)   Will the Attorney-General table in the Senate the applications for search warrants and the warrants which were issued.

(10)   Is any change in the provisions of section 10 of the Crimes Act relating to search warrants necessary.

Senator Murphy - I am informed that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) No. The search that apparently gave rise to the Press report was a search of a house not occupied by a Croatian which was searched under warrant at 6.20 a.m. on 13 March 1973 in an endeavour to locate a prohibited immigrant. The search warrant was obtained under the Migration Act.

(2)   to (10) Do not arise.

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