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Thursday, 19 September 1974
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Senator WALSH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Has the Attorney-General seen recent reports which allege that some right wing groups in Australia plan to train private military forces? Is there a legal prohibition on private military training in Australia? If so, is the Australian Government able to take appropriate action to ensure that the proposed illegal military training is effectively prohibited?

Senator MURPHY -Yes, I have seen a number of reports in newspapers and magazines. I have also had a telegram from the distinguished Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. Certain legal provisions can be invoked to deal with the kind of problem which has arisen. Section 27 of the Crimes Act provides for penalties where there is training, drilling or practise of military exercises in contravention of the directions of a proclamation by the GovernorGeneral. The Government is able to take action. Even before the publication of various reports the Government had this question under active investigation.

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