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Friday, 28 November 2003
Page: 18394

Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (1:26 PM) —I am not a lawyer, as Senator Brown is aware, but I presume that if I were to go about interfering with the normal progress of a petrol tanker and preventing it from moving by lying down in front of it on the road there would be some law to stop me doing that. People have rights. I suspect that Senator Brown has been subject to, or is very aware of, laws whereby people do not have a right to stop the free progress of a commercial vehicle—a petrol tanker or whatever it might be. That is not the issue we are talking about in this bill. The issue we are talking about in this bill is communicating information which would prejudice the security of nuclear material or an associated item. As I said, the examples that Senator Brown is giving would fall under other legislation concerning the rights that people have to transport whatever it might be and to go about their business. But if, as subsection 26A says, the person were to communicate information to someone else that would prejudice the physical security of the material or an associated item then this bill would apply.