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Wednesday, 14 May 2003
Page: 14504


Mr WILLIAMS (Attorney-General) (10:36 AM) —I would like to thank the member for Banks and the member for Stirling for their contributions to this debate. I thank the opposition for supporting the Crimes Legislation Enhancement Bill 2003. The member for Banks knows that the Minister for Justice and Customs and I are always receptive to constructive suggestions to improve legislation that we are promoting, and I think the example in this case is typical. I do not propose to respond to the more general issues raised by the member for Stirling. The events at Scarborough Beach are of interest. The Liberal Party in Western Australia usually holds its state convention at Observation City, which overlooks Scarborough Beach, so the law and order situation there is of some interest. I do not share the member for Stirling's fairly dismal view of the state of corporate governance in Australia. I think we have some bad examples, but I do not think that they are as general as her comments might have suggested.

The Crimes Legislation Enhancement Bill 2003 will enhance a range of Commonwealth criminal justice related legislation. The measures in the bill will clarify the application of existing provisions and streamline certain criminal procedures. I commend the bill to the House.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

Ordered that the bill be reported to the House without amendment.

Main Committee adjourned at 10.39 a.m.