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Transcript 10313

THE HON. DR CARMEN LAWRENCE

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

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Release Date: 22/04/1997

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 10313

THE HON. DR CARMEN LAWRENCE
Having been charged with perjury, the Hon. Dr Carmen Lawrence,
Member for Fremantle, like any other Australian citizen is entitled to a
presumption of innocence. She should have her day in court.
Dr Lawrence is, of course, entitled to remain a Member of the House of
Representatives unless or until she were to be disqualified by operation of
section 44 of the Constitution. Longstanding precedent has been observed
in her standing down from membership of the Shadow Cabinet whilst the
charges against her are dealt with.
The presumption of innocence is a key tenet of the criminal justice system
in Australia.
In the circumstances any further comment on the matters involved in the
charges against Dr Lawrence would not be appropriate.
22 April 1997

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