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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 1885

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) - I think that Senator Gietzelt has raised some matters which are not being properly attended to in New South Wales but which are matters of national importance. I refer to an article in today's 'Daily Telgraph', Thursday, 15 November. Under the heading 'Doormen Sacked In Kings Cross Police ' ' Blitz ' ' ', the article states:

At least 6 doormen at Kings Cross night clubs have been sacked following a police blitz on the area.

The sackings came after detectives from the 21st division visited owners of all clubs in the area to check employees.

This follows a statement from the Police Commissioner, Mr Hansen, in which he threatened to 'close the Cross' in a crackdown on violence.

The detectives are believed to have warned club proprietors to get rid of any doorman with a criminal record.

One employee said the detectives asked for a list of all club employees so that their criminal records could be checked.

He said more sackings were certain in the near future.

The doorman said that as a result of the police blitz, one well known strip club seemed certain to close.

I have never seen so many police in such a small area in my life ', the doorman said.

It looks like they're fair dinkum this time'.

Before the crackdown, a man known to his colleagues as 'Mr Sin' -

That is Mr Sin, not Mr South- had employed at least 16 standover men as bouncers in clubs with which he is connected in Kings Cross.

Senator Wheeldon - Was this Senator Sim?

Senator O'BYRNE - No, Mr Sin.

Senator Devitt - What is the difference?

Senator O'BYRNE -He who is without sin shall cast the first stone. The article continues:

Last night, a well known identity in the area said these heavies ' were responsible for several recent bashings.

He said the bouncers were so well armed 'that they could take on a small army'.

Mr Sin'has employed a chief bouncer who has at least one shooting to his credit.

This bloke just goes from club to club to make sure everything is quite', the informant said.

At least 16 doormen could be called to any spot at the Cross within 2 minutes if required by the 'overlord' to handle a situation.

The PRESIDENT - Order! What is the purpose of this recitation?

Senator O'BYRNE - It is to illustrate that I had experience of the situation which exists in New South Wales, with corruption and Mafialike activities. (Quorum formed). I rose simply to commend Senator Gietzelt for drawing attention to the fact that the Premier of New South Wales and previous State Attorneys-General have been issuing pistol licences to these crooks and spivs who have been running Kings Cross and Sydney for so long. I shall relate a personal experience which I had. One night I was at a reception with my brother and his family. We looked down into one of these night clubs. A man pointed a revolver at me, through the window, where we were standing. We were watching the type of racket which was going on. In these clandestine clubs -

Senator Wilkinson - What was going on?

Senator O'BYRNE -Baccarat and all types of illegal gambling. There could have been a little bit of stripping going on. One honourable senator has recently become connected with this art, through the family. Nevertheless, the point I make is that New South Wales is becoming as corrupt as New York. The bashings and the muggings will continue because the Government in New South Wales has issued licences to these crooks who run Kings Cross and areas of Sydney. I believe that if we cannot get some satisfaction through the New South Wales authorities we should raise this matter because it is of national importance. To think that Australia, with all its great history, is being reduced to this level through the New South Wales example of being a refuge for gangsters, crooks, doublecrossers and these people whose activities have been reported in the Press. It is time there was a good clean-up in New South Wales at the State level, at the Premier level and at the AttorneyGeneral level. They are closing their eyes to these activities. There is no shadow of doubt about that. Under the surface there is widespread corruption and that type of thing in New South Wales. We have heard the histrionics of Senator Greenwood about how terrible it is to raise these matters in the Senate. Where can they be raised if they are not raised here?

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