1973 Murphy raids

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The Murphy raids on the headquarters of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) occurred on 15 March 1973. The purpose of the raids, which were executed by Australia's Commonwealth Police, was to obtain terrorism-related information that the ASIO was accused of withholding.[1][2]


The raids were commissioned by Lionel Murphy, the Attorney-General of Australia, who accused the ASIO of deliberately withholding vital information related to a group of Australian-based Croatian terrorists called the Ustasha.[2][3]

As a result of the raids, the ASIO was investigated by a series of Royal Commissions.[1]


The Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security (RCIS) was established on 21 August 1974 to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into Australia's security services, including their history, administrative structure and functions.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Stephens, Tony (1 January 2004). "Raid on ASIO headquarters deeply regretted". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "War on Dissent". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Australia's Cold War spooks revealed". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 

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