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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33, No. 6 6 May 1970

A Definitive Reply

A Definitive Reply

Q: What action would the Minister take to prevent publication of the Ronald Biggs story in the Sunday Times? —Mr R.F. Murdoch (Democratic Labor, Canberra).

The Minister of Justice (Mr Riddiford) replied that publication of the Ronald Biggs story did not appear to constitute a breach of the law and he did not propose to take any action to prevent the publication in the Sunday Times of serialised articles on the life of Ronald Biggs. Further, the Minister said, he had read that morning the Company Accountant's report on increased revenues which have been predicted for the Sunday Times following (i) the increase in advertising rates which will accompany publication of Biggs' story and (ii) the dramatically increased sales which are expected to result from publication of the story and which have led to provision for the printing of 20,000 extra copies of each 'Biggs issue'. The Minister said that in the light of this report it was unclear to him how publication of Ronald Biggs' story could possibly be construed to be against the public interest.