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Thursday, 17 June 2004
Page: 24190


Senator NETTLE (8:57 PM) —I just want to comment in relation to the comment the minister made about cases before the court. The only case that I have mentioned in here is the bail hearing of ul-Haque, which is not before the courts. I have not mentioned any other cases. But ul-Haque's case is before the courts. His bail hearing is not before the courts; it has concluded.

I have two questions for the minister. I suppose the first is an overarching question. Why do the government believe that they know better than the courts and the judiciary in making determinations about what danger individuals pose to the community and what sorts of sentencing and nonparole periods they should face? Why do the government believe that they know better than the judiciary?