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Wednesday, 20 June 2001
Page: 24793

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (6:17 PM) —As Senator Bolkus well knows, guidelines in this situation are an adjunct to the legislation and much like regulations. What we have in our proposed amendment is a requirement that the Chief Executive Officer of Customs develop written guidelines that will deal with the exercise of powers and how these matters are approached. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee wanted that put in the bill and we have accommodated that. That would be a disallowable instrument. You are going to have scrutiny of parliament in relation to that. You cannot complain that those guidelines are not subject to any purview; they are. They will, as all guidelines are supposed to do, make the operation of the legislation much clearer for those dealing with it. I really fail to see the problems that Senator Bolkus has here.