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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Thursday, September 14, 1972
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Thursday, September 11, 1972 FORECASTS (for today): CITY: Cool, sunny. Max temps: City 17 (63), L'pool 17 (63). NSW: Dry cool day with winds moderating. (Details, page 20). SUN: Today rises J.J 7. sets J. 4 J. MOON: Rises 9.06 am. sets 1 1.59 pm. TIDES (Fort Denison): High: li:0 pm, (1.4m 4.5ft), Low, 5.34 am (0.5m 1.6ft), 7.00 pm (0.6m 1.9ft). No. 42,042 Telephone 2 0944 First published 1831 36 PAGES 7c LATE EDITION 7 II iV L? U it. , J 111 1 T . MM- ' J y Mil. I r .1 Oflra told WJilV 0 14 ponce N FINANCE Detectives had found copies of police documents in 189 files they seized from the offices of a private inquiry agent, the Crown Employees Appeal Board was told yesterday. The board was also told that the principal of the agency had left Australia fnr T.nnrlnn hpfnrp p summons SlliniD 111 cou e servec on lim ine board, with Mr Justice rer-rignon as chairman, is hearing appeals by 14 police against their dismissal. Sergeant J. T. Lees, for the Police Commissioner, said the appellants were among 27 police dismissed for the unauthorised release of information, including information relating to motor accidents. 'Indoor adventure' A risk to life? Sailor, minister differ to Antarctic share turnover Turnover on the Syd ney Stock Exchange for the year to June 30, 1972, fell to its lowest point since 1966-67. The exchange's annual report, issued yesterday, said the value of trade transacted amounted to $689 million compared with $1,182 million in the previous year. The turnover in industrial shares rose from $315 million to $460-1 million, but this was more than offset by a dramatic fall in the min ing sector from $867- million to 5229 million. (Details, P 16, section 2.) Profit of bank up The Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd has lifted its net profit by a wide margin for the second successive year. Net profit for the year to June 30 rose by 19.1 per cent to $5.6 million. (Details, P16, section 2.) pflliilllS If lk Afc f-f . i- ,. i Mr Justice Pcrrignon LOOK! Death: The final taboo. Even sex is more discussed these days than death. Why? Three women talk about facing up to death. Fathers watch the birth of their babies; fashion, personalities, cooking. All in the lift-out LOOK! section with today's "Herald." LATE NEWS He said investigations started when information received at police headquarters made it clear that numbers of police had released information. Inquiries were made at 23 private inquiry, insurance, loss assessment and legal businesses. On March 14, police officers had visited the offices of Ford and Associates, private inquiry agents, at 92 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. They found copies of police documents including offence reports, accident reports, statements from witnesses and occurrence pad en tries in files at the office. The 14 police whose appeals are being heard are: Noel John Booth, former sergeant first class. Matthew David Schmid, former sergeant second class. Alan Douglas Frost, former sergeant third class. Thomas Charles Bart-lett, former sergeant third class. Raymond Wallace Fitzpatrick, former sergeant third class. John Gordon Mcintosh, former senior constable. Egbert van Akker, former senior constable. Carl John Swales, former senior constable. Ivan Charles Kelle-way, former senior constable. M e r v y n Herbert George Ball, former senior constable. Kevin William Dawes, former senior constable. Kevin Thomas Wilkinson, former constable. John Madgwick, former constable. Graeme Christie Farthing, former constable. Detective - Sergeant Alexander Birnie said the principal of Ford and Associates, Waver-ney Cecil Ford, had not been at the office when he and other police had gone there on March 14. He had seen Ford at the office at a later date .1 w;i. 'nil" e: h but Ford had refused to answer Questions and had asked him to leave the premises. On May 8 a summons was issued accusing Ford of breaching the Commercial Agents and Private Inquiry Agents Act but on May 30, before it was served, Ford left for London. Detective - Sergeant Birnie said that as far as he knew Ford was still there. He said that out of 189 files taken from the office of Ford and Asso ciates, 162 included re quests from a company of solicitors for con- fidential police accident reports to be obtained. A check with the Police Traffic Accident Information Bureau had shown that requests for this information had also been made through authorised police sources in only three cases. Under cross-exanuna-tion. the detective said in surance companies did not normally get all the information they requested when they approached the police for details of motor accidents. He believed insurance companies in many cases had had access to all the information collected by police. They got this from unauthorised police Cont on Page 2 Dr David Lewis, who plans to sail single-handed to the Antarctic, said yesterday: You'd have to call it the most indoor outdoor adventure ever." "I'm decking in the whole boat and will do my sailing from inside," he said. Dr Lewis, 49, plans to leave Sydney in mid-October. The voyage from Sydney, skirting New Zealand, down to the 60th parallel south and along it to the Antarctic Peninsula, below South America and back to Sydney should take about five months. For most of the leg across the Southern Ocean his yacht will be out of radio contact. But Dr Lewis was bemused yesterday by comments by the Minister for Shipping and Transport, Mr Nixon, who said Dr Lewis should "forget the venture." "If he strikes trouble, innocent people may be put at risk in efforts to help him," Mr Nixon said. He advised Dr Lewis to give all marine authorities a sailing plan and radio schedule. Dr Lewis said yesterday: "Actually, the Australian Navy has been almost unbelievably helpful." He said he had taken all precautions Mr Nixon suggested and a few more. "The Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge will send me warnings of ice packs and bergs via satellite," he said. "I've been planning this trip for 10 years and I appreciate Mr Nixon's concern I just wish he had informed himself of the facts of this voyage." Dr Lewis has spent the last four years as research fellow at thy National University's School of Pacific Studies, I " Dr Lewis tries on a life-jacket for his Antarctic voyage. where he investigated Polynesian navigation methods. "But I won't be doing it their way this trip I'm taking along every possible modern navigational aid," he said. In 1963 Dr Lewis sailed a catamaran from England to the Arctic and has three times sailed the Atlantic single-handed. In 1966, he made a round-world voyage via the Straits of Magellan and the Cape of Good Hope. On this trip he actually put into practice some of the Polynesian navigation methods. He managed to keep within 30 miles of his true course without sextant or compass bv observing the wind and tide movements and the flight of sea birds. His Antarctic yacht will be a 25 footer named Ice-bird after a small white petrel found at the edge of polar icepacks. "There's always a few twinges of fear to cope with at the beginning," Dr Lewis said yesterday. "But a few days out from land you lose that and adjust to the rhythm of the sea, much slower, more peaceful than life on land. "Loneliness becomes a thing of the past. I've been more lonely in Sydney than I've ever been at sea. And 111 have my book to write his sixth and tapes of those wonderful Australian folk songs." In Antarctica, Dr Lewis plans to visit the British, American, Russian and Chilean bases. "I'm curious to see how men react, living in such close proximity under harsh physical conditions," he said. Dr Lewis is separated from his wife. His two daughters, now aged nine and ten, were with him on his round-world voyage in 1966, "So of course, they are taking my Antarctic cruise for granted," he vid. After this trip, what can he do. "Well, I think I'll need all the warmth I can get, so I'm hoping to join an anthropological expedit-tion to Central Australia," he said. Navy arrests 4 hoats off NT CANBERRA, nesday. An vessel arrested Taiwan trawlers for allegedly Wed-RAN four today fishing within the 12-mile Australian limit. The trawlers are being escorted to Gove, in the Northern Territory, according to the Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Sinclair. A naval boarding party was put aboard one of the trawlers after the arrest. The trawlers were first sighted by the hydro-graphic survey vessel, HMAS Moresby on Sat urday. They were kept under surveillance by aircraft of No 10 RAAF Squadron, based at Townsville, and by an aircraft char tered by the Department of Primary Industry. A naval patrol boat sailed from Thursday Island yesterday after noon and made the arrest near Cape Wessel approximately 100 miles north ot Gove. com "A ROSE by any other name ..." A property developer whose factory plans for a Sydney municipality were promptly returned because he neglected to provide Latin botanical names for flowers he proposed to plant, managed to raise a smile yesterday when informed that another developer's unit-block plans had been just as quickly accepted. Just for fun the other devel oper had coupled the botanical names for thistles and sundry weeds with the blooms he really intends to cultivate. A NEW banner over its York Street headquarters proclaims: Go Metric with The Blood Bank. One Donation - 500 ml But really nothing has changed. The Blood Bank has always been metric. When you thought you were dona ting a pint of blood you were actually giving only half a litre, which is 68 mis or about 2 fluid ounces less than a pint. The difference now is that it's official. 'No smoke' week for Bathurst RAAF to get scatter bomb Peacock to talk on Cocos today Sergeant Lees Sergeant Birnie The blind drivers PERTH, Wednesday. A man drove a car to the headquarters of the Braille Society here today to fill out his application for a blind pension. The executive director of the society :.n Western Australia, Mr P. D. Blockey, said it was absurd that near-blind people could be allowed to drive vehicles on the road. He knew of three peopl who. in the past 18 months, had been driving while on a blind pension or while their sight had been bad enough less than 10 per cent vision without aids to get a pension. From a Staff Correspondent COCOS ISLANDS, Wednesday. The Minister for External Territories, Mr Peacock, arrived in the Cocos Islands tonight determined that Mr Clunies-Ross must ac- i t i cept Australia s aosoi- ute sovereignty over the territory. He said on arrival that Australia had complete international legal backing in the matter. Mr Peacock made it clear that he regarded sovereignty as simply non-negotiable. He arrived at Cocos by RAAF VIP jet after a day travelling 3,300 miles from the snow flurries of the ACT to the tropical island for his confrontation with Mr Clunies-Ross. Mr Clunies Ross was not present to meet Mr Peacock, who was met only by the Official Representative on Cocos, Mr C. McManus and his wife. Mr Peacock intends to inform himself on con ditions on Home Island, owned by Mr Clunies- Ross, whom an official departmental report has likened to a benevolent slave-owner in the American Deep South. His visit follows disclosure of the report, s v I . Mr Clunies-Ross which was heavily critical of the rule of Mr Clunies-Ross over the 500 Malays working on his copra plantations. Mr Peacock wants to balance his departmental advice against the recent reports of visiting journalists that the island, under Mr Clunies-Ross' benevolent rule, was a tropic idyll populated by happy, uncomplicated people. "It would be very easy to come here be lieving there is a quick and easy answer to the problems," he said. "But there are human beings involved, a way of life, cultural and trad' itional factors that must be considered at first hand." He refused to disclose the points he intends to raise with Mr Clunies' Ross, but said they should be considered dis cussions rather than negotiations. Tonight he was brought up to date on latest de velopments by Mr McManus, and resident offi cers. Tomorrow he wil cross the five-mile lagoon from West Island to Home Island for the first round of talks with Mr Clunies-Ross. Golden boy on the Front Bench, Pace 7. By SHAUN McILRAlTH, Medical Correspondent All smokers of Bathurst will be asked to give up tobacco for one week next February. With the agreement of its council, Bathurst (population 17,169) will be the focal point of an intensive second stage of a national campaign against smoking. The first stage of the campaign, on which the Federal Government is spending $li million over three years, starts on Sunday with television and newspaper anti-smoking advertisements. Students from the Mitchell College of Advanced Education and members of service clubs, church groups and other community organisations will knock on every Bathurst door in February to ask residents to co-operate in the non-smoking week. They will ask smokers to pledge to break the habit at least temporarily, and give one week's tobacco money to a local charity for senior citizen's centre. A campaign organiser, Mr R. H. Mutton, said yesterday: "Say there are 8,000 smokers in Bathurst and they spend an average of $3 each on tobacco a week that's $24,000 for the centre. Mr Mutton is public relations officer of the Australian Council on Smoking Health, which is co-operating in the campaign. "Those who continue not to smoke will have bonus by the end of vear of $153 saved for themselves," he said. With the help of townspeople and some outside resources, the organisers hope to pro duce an atmosphere in Bathurst conducive to giving up tobacco. The Town Clerk of Bathurst, Mr K. M. Forrest, a non-smoker, pre ferred not to predict what impact the drive would have on the town's smoking habits. But the president ot the Australian Council on Smoking and Health. Dr Cotter Harvey, was confident that many Bathurst people would respond by giving up smoking permanently. Price of liberty JERUSALEM, Wednesday. The first cable from a Russian Jew, requesting money to pay for the new tax imposed by the Soviet authorities on emigrants with academic qualifications, has been received here. The cable, from Marat Katrov, of Moscow, to a friend, Valery Levin, who emigrated here a short while ago, said: "The price for me is fixed at 4,500 roubles (about $4,700). Please buy me out. Appeal by academics, page 6. 2 killed by train Two men were killed when struck by a train on the Blue Mountains! line near Faulconbridge late last night. One of the men had seen a burning undercarriage on a train bound for Sydney and reported it at the Faulconbridge station. He and a railway employee were walking back to inspect the damage when they were hit by a Katoomba-bound train. From Our Defence Correspondent CANBERRA, Wed nesday. An air dropped weapon which would scatter a number of explosive bomblets over a wide area is be ing developed for the RAAF. The annual defence report, tabled in Parlia ment today, revealed that the Department of Supply is conducting a research and develop ment program on the weapon. The program is called Project Karmga. The report said the weapon would be used against "a range of materiel ground targets" and would be significantly more effective than con ventional bombs. The department's laboratory had also be gun research on the frag mentation of warheads, The sale of locally produced defence equip ment overseas had been strongly promoted, the report said. The FN .62-mm li At nne and spares continued to sell at a significant level, the 200,000th of them hav-ing been produced dur ing 1971-72. The recent agreement to install the Ikara weapon system in four new Brazilian Navy ships was expected to re turn about $20 million to Australia, providing work for about 170 com panies and five Govern ment factories. Uetence review, Page 2. THE young lady in the surgery who expertly dealt with a patients account while simultaneously carrying on a private telephone conversation (Column 8, Septem ber 13) could just miss out if somebody decides to hold a Receptionist- of-the-Year quest. Tipped for the title yesterday was the girl in a southern suburban doctor's office who got on with the job while spreading a meat pie with tomato sauce and licking her fingers. WHEN, for three nights in a row, strange noises came from the chimney above the unused fireplace that houses their TV set, priests at St Mary's Cathedral decided rats were to blame and called in pest exterminators. Some pest! When the set was removed out flopped a large kookaburra not laughing, merely croaking feebly. Soon, however, restored with food and drink, he was happily winging on his way. THE Rev Bill Clark, Congregational minister at Sutherland, is an Irishman with a special anxiety for his tortured homeland these days. So for this reason, he is gathering those who share his concern to Saturday evening services which he has called, aptly, "Praver Without Prejudice" in the Pitt Street Congregational Shop Front Church. Circus damage Workmen ran for their lives as 60 mph winds flattened a circus tent at Warrawong, near Wollongong, yesterday, causing damage estimated at $10,000. The tent, owned by Sole Brothers, crashed to the ground after the centre pole ripped through the roof and was ripped to shreds. COULD Labor's shadow Minister for the Environment please arrange for the removal of the "It's Time" notices painted on the Neutral Bay wharf and nearby footpaths? Detective questioned on drug sale Detectives from the Sydney CIB are investigating an allegation that a detective has been involved in the sale of heroin. They interviewed a detective senior constable at a home unit in the Eastern Suburbs yesterday. Later, he accompanied several detectives to the CIB where investigations continued. No charges had been laid last night. The Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr F. J. Hanson, told of the questioning of the detective in a statement issued yesterday. He said police had received a report that a de- tective who lived in the Eastern Suburbs was involved in the sale of a substance, said to be heroin, to two men at Kings Cross on August 31 for a large sum of money. "The report came under notice during investigations into the death of Jan O'Truba, whose body was discovered at Oxford f -J 4 V-.' Falls on Saturday, September 2, with bullet wounds to his head," he said. He said the inquiries were being carried out tinder his direction by Detective Inspector First Class E. E. Canacott, Detective Sergeant First Class K. R. Paull and other detectives. Jan O'Truba, 20, of Spit Road, Mosman, had served a jail sentence for armed robbery and pol ice believe he was also involved in trafficking in hard drugs. His body, partly cov ered by rubbish, was found just off the Wake- hurst Parkway. 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