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Tuesday, 25 May 1999
Page: 5271

Senator BROWN (12:49 PM) —This is one of the hazards of the legislation—that there is potential trammelling of such a database so that citizens cannot see what is the outcome of the process of censorship and classification itself. The government needs to be very wary of that. To restrict that database from being accessible and online is to put a layer of censorship onto censorship itself. The government ought to be very clear that that is not going to happen and that such a position could not arise because otherwise we are moving into a system of secrecy which has no public review.