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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Page: 20


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (10:57 AM) —I can see Senator Ludwig's point on that but I think it is important that the government place on record the fact that, even though an order might not be made, there might be information of a sensitive nature which might be divulged during the course of that closed hearing. It might not be sufficiently so that it is a matter of national security but it might divulge other things, such as the modus operandi of intelligence agencies. In any event, I think I have made the government's position clear.

Question agreed to.