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Tuesday, 13 August 1974
Page: 785

Senator SIR MAGNUS CORMACK -I ask the Attorney-General a question supplementary to that asked by Senator Gietzelt and answered by the Attorney-General. Were the students of the Australian National University in physical possession of the Vice-Chancellor's office? Did they refuse to move when the proper authorities of the University asked them to move and did their further defiance cause the Vice-Chancellor of the University to call in the police to remove the students from their illegal possession? Is this not on all fours with the activities of students at the Flinders University in Adelaide where the Governor himself, as the Official Visitor, attempted to have them removed? Is it not on all fours with the actual taking of possession of the Vice-Chancellor's quarters at the University of Melbourne where the Victorian police had to be called in to remove the students?

Senator MURPHY -Senator Sir MagnusCormack, with his intimate knowledge of judicial procedures, would be aware that it would be most improper for me to commence to answer the question that he has asked. I have indicated already that these matters were coming before the court and for that reason I said that I would not go any further into them. I think he will agree with me that it would be most undesirable for me to start to enter into any factual matters concerning the cases.

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